Sharapova stunned, and blames herself for shock loss

"It turned into a much more difficult match than it should have been. I can only blame myself for that. The chances you have when you're serving for a set and it's in your hands... when you give those chances back to a player in the top 10 in the world, you're not going to run away." - World No. 2 Maria Sharapova (above), who will look to regroup and make the semi-finals

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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