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Serve fails Sharapova as she falls in third round

Maria Sharapova falls in three sets

Originally Published: September 2, 2011
By Viv Bernstein

NEW YORK -- The battle that Maria Sharapova waged in the third round of the U.S. Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday seemed almost as much with herself as with her opponent, 26th-seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy.

"I just didn't feel comfortable with most of my game today," said Sharapova.

It showed. Sharapova had problems with her serve throughout the afternoon and struggled with wayward groundstrokes, committing 60 unforced errors and 12 double faults. It was a sloppy match, ...

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