No. 30 Seed Bounces Sharapova

Defending champ exits US Open
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2007 2:23 PM CDT
Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland celebrates her victory over second-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007. Radwanska defeated Sharapova in...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – 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.