Sharapova Sent Off in Warsaw
by Staff | May 21st, 2009

Maria Sharapova’s return to the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour ended abruptly Thursday afternoon as she lost to Alona Bondarenko 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the Warsaw Open.

Sharapova was playing her first singles event this week after nine months of injury lay-off since Canada last summer.

“I have to give Alona all of the credit she deserves. When she was up, she played really solid and rode it out until the end,” Sharapova said. “I felt my shots were too short and I wasn’t patient enough. On clay you have to be patient and wait for your opportunities.

“I’m happy with the way I played here though. Obviously no one likes to lose, but I’ve spent about three or four hours competing on the court this week and that’s what I needed. I’m very thankful for the wildcard I got from the tournament.”

“Maria played with the same speed and power she had before the injury, the only difference is she made more errors,” Bondarenko said of the former World No. 1. “I’m happy with the way I played and the result today. If I continue to play like this I think I can win some matches at the French Open next week. We will see.”

Bondarenko will meet unseeded Anne Keothavong, who beat qualifier Ioana Raluca Olaru 6-0, 6-1 in one semifinal, while No. 6 seed Daniela Hantuchova faces qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru in the other.

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7 Comments for Sharapova Sent Off in Warsaw

Al Says:

I am not surprised to see Sharapova go out. She has a long way to go before she is back to her old self and form. I am a little surprised that she is planning on playing the French Open. That is a tough surface to come back on. I do not see her getting passed the 2nd round. She will probably be playing the top players very early in the tournament.

margot Says:

OMG, Shoutypovra back! Ear plugs at the ready everyone.

Bojan Says:

I’ve watched it a bit, and Alona played really really good. Just the way you should play against Maria. She didn’t give her the control, shots were deep, and Sharapova simply had no chance. Sharapova did make more unforced errors than Alona, I think it was 27 for MS, and only 9 for AB, with 17 winners each.

Kimmi Says:

Sharapova needs more matches to get match fit, its good she is playing in Paris to prepare for wimbledon. women tennis desperately needed her to come back, she is marketable.

Al Says:

You are absolutely right Kimmi, nothing garners more attention than Sharapova vs either William sisters. She probably is looking forward to Wimbledon–I think it will be a tough road for her though.

Colin Says:

Her campaign ended abruptly? Would someone explain how it could end gradually?

margot Says:

Hi Colin: just got tickets for O2. How about you? Lot easier than Wimbles.

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