That was the sound of world #39 Ukrainian Alona Bondarenko smacking the cute, round little backside of world #126 “Russian” Maria Sharapova (126?? how the “mighty” have fallen!) at the WTA tour event in Warsaw, Poland last week. Able to win only four of sixteen games played in her third match of the first tournament she has played after months claiming injury, Sharapova was blown off the court in humiliating fashion by a player who has only one career singles title and, worst of all, who — unlike Shamapova — actually lives in the country of her citizenship.
In her first match, Sharapova just managed to squeak past world #68 Tatiana Garbin of Italy. She crushed her second-round Bulgarian opponent, which was hardly suprising since that opponent was not ranked in the top 200. When you’re ranked #126, you’re not really supposed to meet a much lower ranked player in your second-round contest, but Shamapova always seems to find a way to accomlish such feats.
The idiotic Western press, desperate for any excuse to flash Sharapova’s T&A over their pages, gushed about her being “back in business” and “continuing her successful return” and “winning again.” There was no attempt to highlight the utterly lame character of her opponents; instead the press spoke as if she was whipping top-ten assassins. Only when there was no other choice did the press admit the lackluster character of her play.
Once faced with even as much as a top 40 opponent Sharapova immediately fell apart. It’s lucky, then, that Maria will always have her banana to fall back on, isn’t it?