Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Day 3: Sharapova Bounced by Bouncy Dulko

Maria Sharapova was rudely knocked out of the Wimbledon Championships in the second round today by Gisela Dulko, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.

The 6'2" Russian fashionista, considered by many to be a legitimate contender for the title, was unable to complete another comeback against Dulko, who hung on to take a very closely contested deciding set.

It is Dulko's first career win against Sharapova in three attempts. Dulko will face another Russian, Nadia Petrova, on Friday.
The Buenos Aires resident is making her third trip to the 3rd round in eight years at Wimbledon. She also reached the 3rd round last year, losing to Elena Dementieva in straight sets.

It has been a fast and furious few weeks for Sharapova, who returned to tennis after a ten month absence in mid May. After a surprisingly strong run into the quarter finals at Roland Garros, her loss to Dulko has to be viewed as a major disappointment.

The 2004 Wimbledon Champion was one of four previous Wimbledon Champions in the ladies draw, but she couldn't make her experience pay off against Dulko, who broke Sharapova five times, including twice in the third set.


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