I'm sad to report that Maria Sharapova was knocked out of the French Open on Tuesday. The Thigh Goddess was in her first major tournament following shoulder surgery, and as we showed you last week, she wasn't really sure of what to expect. Really getting back on the court and showing she could compete was probably the most realistic goal to set.
So while she almost got shutout against Dominika Cibulkova, I'd say she has to be quite satisfied with reaching the quarterfinals. It's tough to be out of the game for awhile and all of a sudden play all of these highly competitive matches in a major, and it appears that took a toll on her body, and specifically the recovering shoulder:
"I don't really care about numbers. It's either a 'W' or an 'L,'" Sharapova said, "and I prefer 'W.'"Link(AP)
All of that time on court at the French Open, and all of that time away before it, finally caught up to her, resulting in her most lopsided loss at a major tournament.
"You can only ask your body to do so much," said Sharapova, who had right shoulder surgery in October and had played four three-set matches at Roland Garros in her first major tournament in nearly a year. "Everything fell a little short today. The pace wasn't there on my strokes, and, you know, I was five steps slower."
Hopefully Maria will be near 100% and be able to go deeper into the tournament at Wimbledon in three weeks. We certainly will never stop believing in the thigh of all thighs. Be patient Maria, the #1 ranking in the world will be yours again before long.
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