Sharapova Exits Second Round at Wimbledon
by Staff | June 25th, 2009, 12:37 am
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Former Wimbledon champ Maria Sharapova lived up to her self-disparaging pre-tournament odds, exiting in the second round on Wednesday 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 to No. 45-ranked Gisela Dulko of Argentina.


“Losses are tough — more here than at any other tournament,” said Sharapova, who with a slow-healing surgically-repaired shoulder chucked in seven double faults in the second set alone. “I would have liked to have a longer season before coming here…It took me a while to get going. It’s a little too late to start picking yourself up when you’re down a set and 3-love.”

World No. 2 Serena Williams, who says she should have won more Wimbledon titles, also moved into the third round with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Jarmila Groth of Australia.

“I should have won more than twice here, but I didn’t,” Williams. “And hopefully I can rectify that this year.”

The remainder of the Top 10 seeds in action lost only 13 games in advancing in (4) Elena Dementieva, (7) Vera Zvonareva, (8) Victoria Azarenka, and (10) Nadia Petrova.

There were upsets on the day, with Daniela Hantuchova bouncing (16) Jie Zheng, Regina Kulikova beating (27) Alisa Kleybanova, and Roberta Vinci taking out (31) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Match-ups of interest on Thursday at the All England Club are (9) Caroline Wozniacki vs. Russian pin-up Maria Kirilenko in an all-photo-op, (3) Venus Williams vs. Kateryna Bondarenko of the Ukraine, (1) Dinara Safina vs. Paraguay’s Rossana De Los Rios, Czech veteran Iveta Benesova vs. (6) Jelena Jankovic, (17) Amelie Mauresmo vs. Slovak Kristina Kucova, American Melanie Oudin vs. Yaroslava Shvedova, (11) Agnieszka Radwanska vs. China’s Shuai Peng, Italy’s Sara Errani vs. the shaky (13) Ana Ivanovic, and American Vania King vs. (15) Flavia Pennetta.


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17 Comments for Sharapova Exits Second Round at Wimbledon

Pro_B Says:

Oh well, Sharapova’s early exit must have come as a big Reality CHEQUE for a lot of the Bookies!!


Von Says:

“I should have won more than twice here, but I didn’t,” Williams. “And hopefully I can rectify that this year.”

Considering that it has been Venus who has been hogging most of the women’s Wimby titles, is Serena saying she should have beaten Venus more frequently when she got to the finals, or the competition who beat her en route to the finals? Then, if so, why didn’t she? Or does ‘should have’ translate to Serena’s ‘could have’? I’m lost at times when Serena speaks, as to the meaning of her words. coulda, woulda, shoulda.


jane Says:

I was looking at the WTA rankings right now, and it turns out the Williams sisters haven’t played *that* much less than others. For example, Kuznetsova and Safina have played only 2 more tournaments (19) than Serena (17), and Azarenka has played the same amount of events as Serena (17). Venus has played less events than anyone else in the top 40 at 16 tournaments. But considering I’d thought they played considerably less than the other top players, I was surprised to find out it wasn’t that drastic. Wozniacki has played tons! 28 tournaments already.


Marcus Says:

Hi there Von!

I never really put too much significance to what players were supposed to have said during interviews because the press ask them questions that are set up in a way that answers similar this one you quoted from Serena are bound to come out. They know how to fish out controversial responses from almost anyone. I do not think Serena would out of nowhere volunteer to say what she is often quoted to have said. They do the same to other top players including Federer, Murray, Djokovic. The answers they always want to get out from them are meant to cause tennis fans to fight with each other. They seem to be succeeding.


Marcus Says:

I admire Sharapova’s fighting spirit but my disdain for her unbearable shrieking far outweighs the admiration. So her loss was a welcome news to me and will always be until she learns to tone down her shreiking. That goes to Serena, too and all the other noisy players.


Kimmi Says:

Jane, r u watching ? they are not showing the match here but Hewitt takes the 1st set. Wow ..


Pro_B Says:

Ozzie Ozzie Ozzie Go go go! :)


Kimmi Says:

Hewitt takes second set, JMDP does not move very well here. hewitt is serving big and returning Del potro serves easily.


Kimmi Says:

hewitt is returning very low. I see it Marcus, bending for del potro is a nightmare.

Hewitt to serve for the match again, i don’t think he will make the mistake again.


jane Says:

Ivano had a better match today, winning the second set 6-1. So that may give her a little boost, but I’d be surprised if she beats Stosur in the next round.


MMT Says:

Marcus said: “I never really put too much significance to what players were supposed to have said during interviews because the press ask them questions that are set up in a way that answers similar this one you quoted from Serena are bound to come out.”

From the transcript of her July 24 Press Conference at the Championships:

“Q. Your sister obviously is going for her third in a row here. Plays grass wonderfully. You won here a couple times. Analyzing the game, why do you think she’s doing so well, and why do you do so well on the hard courts?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I don’t know. She has a great serve on grass, so obviously that helps. I should have won more than twice here, but I didn’t. And hopefully I can rectify that this year.”

http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/interviews/2009-06-24/200906241245864482421.html


scineram Says:

WTA is such a joke, the ranking is not even displayed on their site. Pathetic.


Mina Says:

MMT: It sure sounds to me like Serena is implying that she should have beaten her sister more often on grass. Venus just moves to much better than Serena overall so I think there’s a significant reason why Venus has won more Wimby titles.


Mina Says:

I think Mary Carillo said it best (and I’m paraphrasing because I don’t remember the exact quote): “I’ve never seen a player that could get as fit in 1 week or as un-fit in 1 week as Serena Williams”. Maybe that’s why she hasn’t won as many Wimby titles.


jane Says:

scineram, yes the ranking is on the WTA site; there’s a link up at the top to the full info. The “top 8″ aren’t on the front page like at the ATP site, but the rankings are easy enough to find.


Kimmi Says:

Jane, Ivano ?? You confused me there. After looking at the draw then I realise you are talking about Ivanovic….ha ha another nick name ?


scineram Says:

Rankings are the bloodvessels of the tours. If they are not front, it is a shame.

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