A vexed Sharapova misses out on golden opportunity

Maria Sharapova appeared to be in control Monday in Paris. But the No.1-ranked Russian imploded versus compatriot Dinara Safina, missing out on an opportunity to complete the career Grand Slam.

Updated: June 2, 2008, 4:10 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

PARIS -- The wave, a frenzy of pastel colors and throaty roars, crested right behind Maria Sharapova as she attempted to serve on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

She glared skyward, with an annoyed, sour-as-lemons expression, and stepped off the baseline. Raucous applause overcame the sweeping passions of the spectators and, eventually, order was restored. Sharapova, clearly unsettled, met that silence with a double-fault.

Four points later, the No. 1 seed was out of ...

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