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Maria Sharapova's golden opportunity

Maria Sharapova's golden opportunity

Originally Published: June 29, 2011
By Viv Bernstein

Bloody Monday at Wimbledon left two guarantees for the rest of the women's draw in the most prestigious Grand Slam tennis tournament.

First, with only one former champion advancing to the quarterfinals, at least one newcomer will emerge from the field of anonymity that has collectively stunned the sport's upper echelon and reach the final. Maybe two.

And second, Maria Sharapova is now the player to beat at Wimbledon.

Monday saw the departure of four-time Wimbledon singles ...

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