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Sharapova bows out

Published 02/06/2015 | 02:30

Maria Sharapova can’t hide her disappointment as she makes her French Open exit at the hands of the Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova
Maria Sharapova can’t hide her disappointment as she makes her French Open exit at the hands of the Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova

The sun was shining again, spectators topped up their tans under clear blue skies but a cold chill circulated around Maria Sharapova as the women's champion was frozen out of the French Open yesterday.

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A day after rain played havoc with the Roland Garros schedule, Sharapova's hopes of reaching a fourth successive final at the clay-court major was turned to dust by the dynamite forehand of Lucie Safarova, the Czech winning 7-6(3) 6-4.

Sharapova spent the changeovers coughing and spluttering into a tissue but the Russian second seed refused to blame health problems for her earliest French exit since 2010.

"I'm still a competitor no matter what. I'm going to do everything in order to go out and give it my best, and I think I did the best I could. Today it wasn't enough, because my opponent had a different gear than I did."

Irish Independent

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