Sharapova stunned, and blames herself for shock loss
It was gripping, it lasted over three hours, it was, simply put, epic.
Yet, the crowd of nearly 10,000 who sat glued to their seats inside the Indoor Stadium last night watching Caroline Wozniaki’s 7-6, 6-7, 6-2 win over Maria Sharapova in their BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global will feel the Russian world No. 2 will have more to offer as she battles to qualify for the semi-finals out of the White Group.
Sure, Denmark’s world No. 8 Wozniaki brought her ‘A’ Game.
The 24-year-old had many fine moments in the match, and hit arguably the shot of the day when she recovered brilliantly to meet Sharapova’s smash late in the second set and return a winner beyond the Russian’s reach.
Even though she threw a strop when she was temporarily distracted by the stadium’s lights that seemed to malfunction during the second set, and also smacked her racket against the net when disputing a call later in the set, few would argue Wozniaki didn’t deserve her win.
But, after three hours and 13 minutes, it just felt like Sharapova had paid the price for being so sloppy.
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Oscar Wilde popularised the saying: "There are lies, damned lies, and statistics."
But, to a world-class athlete, statistics can be the difference between a winner, or loser.
Hours before Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki began their epic three-set tussle on the second day of action at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global yesterday, the Women's Tennis Association announced a new rule for next year allowing coaches to bring a mobile device onto the court during a coaching break and use real-time data to analyse player performance.
The numbers will be provided by statistical software company SAP, who became partners with WTA a year ago.
Players have been allowed on-court consultations with their coaches since 2008, and WTA chairman and chief executive Stacey Allaster said about 70 per cent of players on tour opt for this tactic.
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