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MAN LOSES, SHARAPOVA ADVANCES

By / 06.02.07

Amelie Mauresmo, last year's Australian Open and Wimbledon champion, was upset today at Roland Garros by Lucie Safarova 6-3, 7-6 (3).  (I love scores in parentheses.)  Mauresmo cited her poor fitness due to appendix surgery in March as the key to her defeat:

"The fact is that there's no miracle today," Mauresmo said. "I mean, I've been struggling for weeks now. Coming here at the French Open, I didn't really know what to expect."

The miracle might have been that A-Rod wasn't court side to watch this match because I think he would really like Miss Mauresmo. (NB: Do not hit the magnifying glass unless you enjoy female facial hair.)  The lovely Maria Sharapova rallied from 1-4 to beat Alla Kudryavtseva 6-1, 6-4:

"I was making a lot of unforced errors," Sharapova said. "Not a lot of people are going to let me get away with that. It's a good reminder for the future not to let that happen again."

I would let you get away with Maria, but, of course, I make many "unforced errors" as well.  The doctor is trying to help me with it, but I find my mistimed strokes are lessened if I recite the '83 White Sox batting order in my mind during the throes of a match.  Don't worry darling, I'll be as right as rain by the time we meet in Flushing Meadows. 

In other hot women's action, Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia sadly dispatched Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 6-2, 6-3.  Oh well, keep an eye (and some loose-fitting pants) on the fourth-round match between Ana Ivanovic and Anabel Medina Garrigues.  It's gonna be a dandy! -KD


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