After taking 10 months off to recover from shoulder surgery, tennis titaness Maria Sharapova looked as though she was back in form, scoring win after win in the early rounds of the French Open. However, it all unraveled at Roland Garros on Tuesday, as Maria’s run was cut short by a loss in the quarterfinals.
But it wasn’t just a defeat, it was a near-embarrassment. Sharapova exited the Open by almost getting shut out - Maria didn’t win a game until she was already down 5-0 in the second set. Although she did score two game victories in a row, Sharapova still succumbed 6-0, 6-2.
So who was the opponent that made mincemeat out of Maria? And will there be pictures of her after the jump?
Answer to Question #1: It was Dominika Cibulkova, pictured above right with her hands in the air as a shocked Sharapova looks on. The 20-year-old from Slovakia made Maria commit 27 unforced errors compared to her own 9 - and your chances of victory are quite good when your foe screws up three times as much as you do. With the win, Dominika advances to the first major semifinal of her young career. And with the loss, Maria now has time to do more photoshoots (just remember to keep your legs crossed).
Answer to Question #2: Yes, and here they are:
Dominika also shows a sense of humor, as she demonstrates to fellow tennis babe Agnes Szavay the classic Three Stooges eye-poke maneuver:
Soitenly! Nyuk! Nyuk! Nyuk!