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Maria Sharapova was knocked out of the U.S. Open in the third round Friday after a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 loss to No. 26 seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy.
The defeat was the 2006 champion’s first loss in 13 three-set matches this year. “She’s a good fighter,” said Pennetta, who conceded she didn’t know about Sharapova’s record in three-setters. “You can never give up with her. You have to be focused until the last game, until the last point, actually.”
Sharapova made 12 double-faults, including two in the last game. She did not look sharp over a 2 hour, 29-minute match that featured plenty of nervous tennis. Sharapova made 60 unforced errors and lost four break points while trailing 2-0 in the third set. “I didn’t feel comfortable with most of my game today,” Sharapova said.
The loss by third-seeded Sharapova, the runner-up at Wimbledon this year, kicked yet another top player out of a wide-open draw. Already, the defending Wimbledon and French Open champions have been dispatched and two-time defending U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters didn’t enter because of an injury.
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The tennis star picks the French Open to debut a frock subtly designed with the landmark in mind.
Maria Sharapova chose an appropriate place to debut her new Eiffel Tower-inspired dress. The Russian tennis star opened play at the 2011 French Open wearing a new, canary-yellow Nike dress designed with Paris’ most famous landmark in mind.
Sharapova cruised to an easy 6-3, 6-0 victory in her first-round match over Mirjana Lucic while wearing the new garment, which features stitching meant to evoke the iron lattice design of the tower that dominates the Parisian skyline.
The 24-year-old Russian entered Paris as the No. 7 seed and was fresh off the biggest clay court victory of her career in Rome, a win which made her one of the favorites at Roland Garros. With a solid performance against Lucic, she did nothing to alter expectations.
In the early rounds, at least, the dress was the showcase. Nike says it’s lightweight and breathable, features a diamond shape in the back for flexibility (also a nod to Sharapova’s recent engagement?) and a two-layered skirt or jersey and mesh to help movement. It’s the best look Sharapova has had at a major in years. There’s something about the yellow against the red clay that pops.
Maria Yuryevna Sharapova (Russian: Мари́я Ю́рьевна Шара́пова; born April 19, 1987) is a Russian professional tennis player, who is ranked world No. 7 by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). A United States resident since 1994, Sharapova has competed on the WTA tour since 2001. She has been ranked world No. 1 in singles by the WTA on five separate occasions, for a total of 21 weeks. She is one of ten women, and the only Russian, to hold the career Grand Slam. She is also an Olympic medalist, having earned silver for Russia in women’s singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Sharapova became the world No. 1 for the first time on August 22, 2005, at the age of 18, and last held the ranking for the fifth time for four weeks from June 11, 2012, to July 8, 2012. Her 35 singles titles and five Grand Slam titles—two at the French Open and one each at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and US Open—rank third among active players, behind Serena and Venus Williams. She won the year-ending WTA Finals in her debut in 2004. She has also won three doubles titles.
Despite an injury-prone career, Sharapova has achieved a rare level of longevity in the women’s game. She has won at least one singles title a year from 2003 until 2015, a streak only bested by Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, and Chris Evert. Several tennis pundits and former players have called Sharapova one of tennis’s best competitors, with John McEnroe calling her one of the best the sport has ever seen.
Sharapova has been featured in a number of modeling assignments, including a feature in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She appeared in many advertisements, including those for Nike, Prince, and Canon, being the face of several fashion houses, most notably Cole Haan. Since February 2007, she has been a United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador, concerned specifically with the Chernobyl Recovery and Development Programme.
In June 2011, she was named one of the “30 Legends of Women’s Tennis: Past, Present and Future” by Time and in March 2012 was named one of the “100 Greatest of All Time” by Tennis Channel. According to Forbes, she has been named highest paid female athlete in the world for 11 consecutive years and earned US$285 million including prize money since she turned pro in 2001.
On March 2016, Sharapova revealed she had failed a drug test at the 2016 Australian Open, admitting to testing positive for meldonium, a substance newly banned by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in 2016.
Maria Sharapova’s conduct did not really forehand wonder and excitement, but I am full of admiration for his desire to succeed.
She burst onto the tennis scene as a 17-years in 2004, twice defeated the defending champion Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final, but having reached the top spot herself, her career went into decline in the late 2008 after a long absence injury.
With his physique, physical, and bulging bank balance, Russia could easily have retired with his three major titles in hand, knowing that his name is printed in the record books and his face probably to adorn the cover of magazines glossy for years to come.
But instead of taking the easy option, she chose to fight through his physical problems and continue the grind on tour, with a success is not guaranteed. Before his 24th birthday this month, Florida-based Sharapova regained the top-10 women’s football for the first time in more than two years after reaching the semifinals at Indian Wells and Miami in the final.
A shoulder injury in the long term has clearly taken its toll, especially on well-weak serve, but the thought of calling it a day does not seem to have entered his mind, even despite his impending marriage of star Sasha Vujacic in the NBA.
His quest to extend his career in an attempt to claim more Grand Slam titles is the determining factor, and his desire to succeed, anything is possible.
When she was in its infancy, Maria was often compared to fellow Russian Anna Kournikova blonde bombshell. She has always maintained that his tennis was more important than its appearance. At the time, and with annotations in stacking, many of us were skeptical. Would she be able to concentrate on the game with so much attention off the court much?
It was to show us everything she had much more than just a pretty face. In a world where attractive women seem to have an immediate advantage, regardless of ability, Maria is a shining light – a breath of fresh air.
Sure, she has garnered more sponsors than most on the WTA Tour, but prize money and securities are not based on appearance, and has won many of those too – 22 tournament victories and more of $ 10 million gain on the court.
Being a professional athlete in any sport requires a lifetime of stress – a dedication most of us will never understand. To be on top, you must eat, breathe and sleep your work. It is incredibly difficult. I tried and failed, so I have the utmost respect for those who succeed.
Sharapova was the top, suffered a lapse burst, and is now slowly working his way back up. Nobody is obliged to do so, she could retire comfortably and look back on a successful career, but she chooses to put in the hours and suffers from some painful defeats en route to fulfill his ambition and seems to prove that you can not lead very far – it’s heart, drive and talent that can lead to great success.