Sharapova bows out
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.
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."