There will be a new Women’s champion in the 2015 French Open as defending champion Maria Sharapova was upset by Lucie Safarova. Sharapova was going for his third French Open title in the last four years, but fell just short after losing to Safaova, 7-6 (3), 6-4 on the Philippe-Chatrier court in round four.
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Sharpova’s loss on the Philippe-Chatrier court is her first lost on the court since 2013 when she lost to Serena Williams in the final round of the French Open. Safarova started to take command of the game after winning the first three games of the second set in which she hit the ball shorter than Sharpova expected.
“It was just a tough day and a match that I lost,” Sharapova said. “My opponent was at a much higher level more consistently than I was, and that results in a bad day at the office.”
It was well known that Sharpova was battling a cold during the French Open, and the cold, wet, and rainy Paris atmosphere didn’t help her. She however didn’t use that as an excuse for losing.
“I don’t like to talk about it, and I don’t think it really makes a difference,” Sharpova said of the weather. “I’m still a competitor no matter what. I’m going to do everything in order to go out and give it my best, and I think I did the best I could. Today it wasn’t enough, because my opponent had a different gear than I did.”
Sharpova also praised Safarova’s game afterwards, something that many Tennis players nowadays have forgot about and don’t do it.
“I think she’s really picked up her level,” Maria Sharapova said. “I think she’s much more consistent off of both wings. She’s playing really aggressive. I think she has a little bit more time on clay, allows her to use those lefty angles a little bit more. And she’s done that extremely well.”
Safarova will take on Garbine Muguruza next round to continue her chase for the French Open title.
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