Maria Sharapova loses to Flavia Pennetta in LA Women’s Tennis Championships
Flavia Pennetta defeated Maria Sharapova 6-2 4-6 6-3 in the semi-finals of the LA Women’s Tennis Championships.
Sharapova clearly lacked energy as the match wore on and squandered a 3-1 lead in the third set thanks to a litany of double faults and sloppy errors.
“I didn’t feel fresh. I was surprised it went to the third and I had my opportunities, but I couldn’t close it out.”
During the encounter Maria Sharapova double faulted 16 times and had 61 unforced errors.
Pennetta played an aggressive match, rarely giving ground even when Sharapova tried to force her off court with big groundstrokes.
“To play against her I have to be very aggressive and in the second set I started to wait for her mistakes and that’s why the match changed so much,” said Pennetta.
Sharapova was heartened by her week overall, but knows she has a long way to go before regaining championship form.
“It’s almost like new territory for me. With every tournament I feel physically I’m getting better and getting a good sense of the court, but it’s still a work in progress.” she said.
Pennetta will next meet Samantha Stosur, who made it past Sorana Cirstea 6-3 6-2.