Maria Sharapova falls to Flavia Pennetta

Updated: September 3, 2011, 10:38 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEW YORK -- That Maria Sharapova's shaky serving contributed to her early exit at the U.S. Open -- to the tune of a dozen double-faults -- came as no surprise. She's faced that problem for quite some time.

That Sharapova's other strokes also were problematic Friday could be explained away by the perpetual motion of her opponent in the third round, 26th-seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy.

That three-time major champion Sharapova's nerve would fail her in the crucible of a third ...

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