Sharapova & Us Open
September 3, 2011 by staff
No. 26 seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy defeated the 2006 champion 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in the third round of Sharapova’s hand from her first loss in 13 games in three sets this year.
“It’s a good fighter,” said Pennetta. “You can never find it. We must stay focused until the last game until the last point, actually.”
Sharapova made 12 double faults, including two in the last game. It looked strong over an hour 2, 29-minute game that a lot of tennis appears nervous. Sharapova made 60 unforced errors.
“I was not comfortable with most of my game today,” said Sharapova.
After her loss, defending champion Rafael Nadal was, 6-2, 6-2 to Frenchman Nicolas Mahut Mahut when he retired with an abdominal injury. No. 4 Andy Murray recovered from a (7-5), 6-7, 2-6, 6-2, 6-0, 6-4 to Robin Haase.
Murray’s next match is against No. 25 Feliciano Lopez, who defeated Vasek Pospisil of Canada, 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5).
Winners of other men including 12-seeded Gilles Simon 24-seeded Juan Ignacio Chela and 18-seeded Juan Martin del Potro, who won in 2009.
Earlier, No. 2 Vera Zvonareva defeated No. 30 Anabel Medina Garrigues and Caroline Wozniacki No. 1 is still in the draw, but none of them has won a Grand Slam title. The third-seeded Sharapova was considered by far the biggest remaining threat to the number 28 Serena Williams.
Also in Flushing Meadows, No. 28 John Isner defeated compatriot Robby Ginepri 6-4, 6-3, and 6-4 to reach the third round.
Christina McHale, 19 years old, of Englewood Cliffs, NJ, lost No. 25 Maria Kirilenko of Russia 6-2, 6-3, Friday night. McHale was ranked 55th.
Ninth-seeded Sam Stosur beat No. 24 Nadia Petrova, 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (5-7), 7-5. Stosur, the 2010 French Open runner-up, converted her fifth match point after 3 hours, 16 minutes.
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