Maria Sharapova beaten by Dinara Safina at Roland Garros

Maria Sharapova at Roland Garros 2008Top seed Maria Sharapova of Russia had struggled for form in her opening three matches and eventually she fell to compatriot Dinara Safina 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 in the fourth round of the French Open.

No.13 seed Safina didn't make use of two set points she had in the opener, and in the second set she saved a match point, but in the end she beat the three-time Grand Slam champion.

Safina will next play the 2004 Roland Garros runner-up Elena Dementieva. Seventh-seeded Dementieva advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-4 1-6 6-2 victory over fellow Russian Vera Zvonareva, seeded 11th.

The fourth-round match between Dementieva and Zvonareva was full of errors. There were 11 breaks of serve in their 25 games and the pair conjured up 78 unforced errors between them.

In the quarterfinals, Dementieva will be playing her third Russian opponent and therefore she feels as if she were not in France: "I feel like I'm playing a Russian championship not Roland Garros." (source: BBC, photo via Tennis Channel)

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4 thoughts on “Maria Sharapova beaten by Dinara Safina at Roland Garros

  1. nox

    She had a match point…I'am sooo sad about this …but there is other tournaments to play..next huge will be Wimbledon so keep going!

  2. UTP

    Her shrieks were not enough to get her through to a constantly fighting Safina….she won crucial points…and deserved to win…

  3. Sef

    I thought Maria can make it when she was leading 5-2 or 5-3 in the second set and had a couple of match points. Too bad she lost to the hot-headed Dinara and probably she won't stay long as the No. 1 player in the world. If she slips from the ranking this could somehow remove some pressure on her going to Wimby – being no longer the top seed.

    Best of luck to Maria! You'll do better in London. We'll be cheering for you there unlike what mostly of the French crowd did. =)

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