That Didn’t Take Long
Posted by gauloises1 on January 18, 2010
The first major upset of the 2010 Australian Open actually happened in the first match, as Maria Kirilenko upset 14th seed Maria Sharapova 76(4) 36 64.
Bad day at the office for Shazza, who was markedly nervy and inconsistent; would she have done better to play an actual tournament rather than the Hong Kong exo? As it was, this was her first competitive match since Beijing.
All credit to Maria Kirilenko though. She’s been looking resurgent in fits and starts ever since the US Open, but I have never seen her play better than she did last night. I never thought she would have the requisite toughness to go toe-to-toe with Sharapova for three sets but she proved me wrong and frequently made Sharapova look a fool around the net.