Once again so-called “Russian” Maria Sharapova, who has lived most of her life in the USA and pays her taxes there, has gone down to humiliating, spectacular defeat. In her quarterfinals match at the French Open in Paris, she lost every single game in the first set against her lowly #20-seeded opponent, a virtual unknown, and then lost the first five games of the next set too, only managing to win two of 14 games played by the time the carnage was over, avoiding another infamous double-bagel by the skin of her perfect teeth.
How did she manage to get to the quarterfinals, you ask? Simple. She was lucky enough to draw Russian opponents in two of her four prior matches, including the hilariously woeful Nadia Petrova, seeded #11 in the tournament. If the #20 was able to crush Sharapova so easily, and Sharapova whipped Petrova, what does that say about the viability of Petrova’s #11 rank? It’s says it’s an illusion, of course.
Before the match, here’s what a moronic commentator for the LA Times named Chuck Culpepper wrote about Shamapova:
Sharapova has returned refreshed and eloquent and free from any expectations. It’s almost as if now and then everybody should take 10 months off, have a little shoulder surgery and some good ol’ rehab.
Oops. Not so much. Here’s what he then wrote about Dinara Safina:
Safina has been so suddenly despotic this tournament that even though Azarenka is absolutely a budding starlet at 19, if she wins as many as three games — as nobody else has against Safina — she should get a standing ovation and a chanting of her name and maybe a small bouquet of flowers.
Three games, huh? In actual fact, Azarenka destroyed Safina in the first set, and the Russian was able to win only one game. Safina took the second, but the tally of games was 7-10 against her by set’s end. She then won the match, with a total of 13 games won to Azarenka’s 12. Double oops. So much for the article’s screaming headline about Russian resurgence. Safina, by the way, lucked out in a major way. Her match should have been against Ana Ivanovic, last year’s French Open champion, but Ivanovic collapsed as spectacularly as Shamapova along with the other two prominent Serbian players and did not even reach the quarter finals this year.