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Sharapova knocked out of WTA Finals

Tennis superstar Maria Sharapova crashed out of the WTA Finals in Singapore on Friday and lost her chance to become the year-end world number one.

The Russian, needing a straight-sets win to stay alive, won the first set 7-5, but she passed up the match points in the second before Agnieszka​ Radwanska won a tense tie-breaker 7/4.

It brought an end to a disappointing campaign for the world number two who lost her first two group matches against Caroline Wozniacki and Petra Kvitova.

The 2004 champion cannot overtake Serena Williams and end the season as world number one.

Williams' campaign is also hanging by a thread.

The 18-time Grand Slam-winner, shattered 6-0, 6-2 by Simona Halep in her second group match, needs the Romanian to win at least one set against Ana Ivanovic later to reach the semi-finals.

Meanwhile Radwanska is also relying on the result of Wozniacki’s final round robin match with Kvitova if she is to make the semi-finals of the eight-player season finale.

- AFP

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