Sharapova’s loss: Maria Sharapova
April 1, 2012 by staff
Sharapova’s loss: Maria Sharapova, Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska used her wits to defeat world number two Maria Sharapova 7-5 6-4 to win the Sony Ericsson Open final yesterday and once again deny the Russian. Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland celebrates match point against Maria Sharapova of Russia during the final of the Sony Ericsson Open at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 31 in Key Biscayne, Florida. — AFP
Sharapova has now lost all four finals she has featured in at the Miami tournament and all three she has played in this year.
Radwanska’s victory was her second of the year following a triumph in Dubai and her ninth WTA title, arguably her most valuable one.
The Pole, ranked fourth in the world, won the tournament without losing a set and she showed exactly why with a classy display that left Sharapova scurrying around the court at times.
There was characteristically little emotion from Radwanska, beyond a timid half-raising of her arms, when Sharapova went long on the final point to hand her victory.
But that was typical of the businesslike and strategic way Radwanska went about beating the Russian.
In the first set, Radwanska, in control of her service game despite lacking a powerful first serve, survived break point in the fifth game but that was a rare opening for her opponent.
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