This time her disgrace came at the hands of Serbian Ana Ivanovic (pictured), and was doubly bitter since Ivanovic is in position to give Shamapova a run for her money in the tennis babe category as well.
In the semi-finals at the French Open, Shamapova was able to win only three of 15 games played with Ivanovic, getting blown off the court in easy straight sets, exactly the same thing that happened to her at this year’s first grand slam event, the Australian Open, at the hands of Serena Williams.
Shamapova struck 30 unforced errors to just 5 winners, and the mighty Shamapova was aced 5 times by Ivanovic while not recording a single ace herself with her vaunted “power shot” game. And in fact, Shamapova was lucky to get this far, she should have been out in the last round, as we’ve previously reported.
Ivanovic turned out to be a Russian killer, having destroyed the higher-ranked Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarter finals (where Kuznetsova won only 7 of 22 games played and only 1 of 7 in the decisive third set).
Indeed, more Serbian players reached the semi-finals in Paris than Russians — yet oddly, nobody was stupid enough to talk about the coming “dominance” of the Serbians. That’s because, if there is such a thing as a Serbophile, they are far smarter than Russophiles.
As if to confirm the pitiful state of Russian ladies tennis, Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the #1 seed in the girls draw at the French Open, went down in her semifinals match to the unseeded Mariana Duque Marino of Columbia. To give Anastasia her due, however, she played a far better match than Shamapova (albeit against far more lowly competition), stretching her opponent to three hard-fought sets and striking far fewer unforced errors than Shamapova. Russian men also made the Russian ladies look bad, as #4 seed Nikolai Davydenko stretched world #1 (and perhaps the best player who ever lived) Roger Federer to two hard-fought tiebreakers in their semifinals match.