Defending champ Maria Sharapova exited the US Open in stunning fashion today, falling to Polish teen Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 in a third-round match. The 28-slot seeding disparity (30 to 2) almost seemed reversed as the Russian fan favorite ran up a 2-0 advantage in the third set and then unraveled. "There are no excuses," she said.
The gusting winds at Flushing Meadows did the 6-foot-2 Sharapova no favors—not unlike Radwanska, a junior French Open and Wimbledon champ who took advantage of her opponent's serving woes. "I had nothing to lose, just hit every ball, and I did it," said the 18-year-old. In another upset, seventh-seeded Nadia Petrova lost to Agnes Szavay.