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Maria Sharapova ousted by Camila Giorgi in third round at Indian Wells

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Camilla Giorgi

Camila Giorgi scored her second completed-match victory over a top-10 player. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – No. 79 Camila Giorgi upset defending champion Maria Sharapova 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday.

It was an error-strewn performance for the fifth-ranked Sharapova, who hit just 16 winners to a whopping 58 unforced errors, compared to Giorgi’s equally unimpressive 24 winners and 48 errors. Even more surprising, Giorgi was able to win despite serving at only 45 percent. The two combined for 15 service breaks in the two-hour, 36-minute match. Sharapova’s aggressive return game just didn’t come through and her footwork around the ball deteriorated as the match progressed.

“I did not play a good match at all and I started very poorly,” Sharapova said. “I’ve never played against her, but she’s someone that doesn’t give you much rhythm. She’s quite aggressive, but some shots she hits incredible for a long period of time. Sometimes they go off a bit. But if I’m speaking about my level, it was nowhere near where it should have been.”

Giorgi, a 22-year-old Italian qualifier, stunned Caroline Wozniacki at the U.S. Open last year for her first complete-match victory over a top-10 player, and now she has a second. Sharapova doesn’t lose often to players ranked outside the top 30, though she did fall to No. 131 Michelle Larcher de Brito at Wimbledon last year.

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Sharapova has yet to make a final in four tournaments this year and with this loss she will drop to No. 7, her lowest ranking since the summer of 2011. She missed the last three months of the 2013 season with a shoulder injury and says she needs more matches to feel comfortable on the court.

“I think the physical part of it is something that is hurting me a little bit when we’re going into these three‑set matches,” she said. “That’s not a secret for anyone. And when you skip those months, there’s nothing that gets back that match play than just going out and doing it.  You can train for so many hours on end, and it just doesn’t replicate what you’re doing out there in the tournament. Of course, this doesn’t help when you only play a couple of matches at a tournament.”

Sharapova is scheduled to play next week’s Sony Open in Miami, where she was a finalist last year.

  • Published On Mar 10, 2014
  • 9 comments
    michael.f.passe
    michael.f.passe

    Screamapova still has the same problem, no Plan B for when her powerful-but-one-dimensional game goes south. But hey, with she and Azarenka gone, at least tennis fans can leave the volume up a little.

    jtstaley88
    jtstaley88

    That should get Giorgi and her father some more loans.

    Borjo
    Borjo

    Too much focus on Dimitrov ........ didn't Serena somewhat lost it when she was a close acquaintance of Dimitrov? hmmmmm, I wonder why ........ or shall we say, Sugarpova welcome to Serena's nightmare ....... so the future will be like this ....... Sugarpova breaks up with Dimitrov ........ Sugarpova and Serena become best of friends.

    PurityPrydain
    PurityPrydain

    While the match was exciting to watch, it was a prime example of how important SERVE practice is needed for these players.  My God, the double faults and breaks of serve.  Utterly awful 1st serve percentage by Giorgi.  She goes for aces on her 2nd serve which only leads to double faults.  I know she goes for broke on pretty much every shot which makes her so exciting to watch, but also infuriating with the high error count.

    PetragtioiWill
    PetragtioiWill

    povadrama should have packed it in after her first 50m. Since 03, she had the talent but not the heart.  100 years from now her legacy won't be part of the conversation nor will her candy or endorsements.

    MichaelC
    MichaelC

    116 total unforced errors and 15 breaks!


    Motto for WTA - "where pretty girls play really ugly tennis."

    michael.f.passe
    michael.f.passe

    @PetragtioiWill Really? I'm NOT a Screamapova fan, but I always thought she has plenty of heart. Like her or not, she tries very hard, almost too hard. She just doesn't seem able to change her game when things aren't going well, she always plays the same way, pound and scream, pound and scream, on and on. Maybe a little finesse would help her, but screaming like a stuck pig on a drop shot or an off-speed serve might seem a little awkward.

    michael.f.passe
    michael.f.passe

    @MichaelC Giorgi didn't look quite as hot today as when she beat Wozniacki last year, but still... For all those who complain that Sports Illustrated should use real athletes rather than super models for it's swimsuit issue (thus making it a legitimate sports tie-in), Girogi (and Wozniacki) make a compelling case.

    Shnickley
    Shnickley

    @MichaelC   oh, get real....Sharapova's played great tennis over the years, reaching as high as #1.  BTW, she showed a lot of class by not ripping that ump's head off after the match.  What a dimbulb she was.