Aussie Open: Sharapova Bundled Out!

Maria Sharapova followed top seed Serena Williams out of the Australian Open with a shock defeat by Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova in the fourth round.
The Russian, who won the title in 2008, lost 3-6 6-4 6-1 in an erratic display on Rod Laver Arena.
Five-time champion Williams was also beaten by Ana Ivanovic 24 hours earlier, leaving two-time winner Victoria Azarenka – the second seed – as the player with the most major titles in the draw.
Third seed Sharapova left the court for a medical timeout before the final set, and finished with a total of 45 unforced errors as Cibulkova closed it out in two hours and 12 minutes.
“I have a bit of a strain, the trainer told me, in the hip area”, said Sharapova, who was playing only her second tournament since missing the second half of 2013 with hip and shoulder injuries.
“Those aches and pains are expected when you spend a long time on the court. You just have to play through it”.
Cibulkova, 24, moves on to face Simona Halep in her first Australian Open quarter-final, the third time she has reached the last eight of a Grand Slam.
“It feels great, and especially because I played well and it was a tough match”, said Cibulkova, the 20th seed.
-Source: bbc.


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