INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Defending champion Maria Sharapova
was knocked out of the Pacific Life Open on Tuesday with a 4-6,
7-5, 6-1 loss to Vera Zvonareva that will cost her the No. 1
Andy Roddick, the lone American left in the tournament, advanced
to the quarterfinals with a 7-6 (3), 6-3 victory over Richard
Gasquet of France. Roddick's game was particularly sharp in the
second set, with his serves, groundstrokes and volleys all
Roddick finished the match with a 133 mph serve down the center
stripe for his 15th ace.
Sharapova was beaten in the fourth round and needed to reach the
Indian Wells semifinals to remain No. 1. She will be supplanted by
Justine Henin when the rankings are released Monday. Henin, who is
not at this tournament, won two recent events in the Middle East.
The 19-year-old Sharapova was playing her first event since
withdrawing from her semifinal at Tokyo last month with a strained
She struggled in a match between Russians. The 22-year-old
Zvonareva, ranked No. 20, won for third time in seven matches
Sharapova had 13 double-faults and 47 unforced errors. She was
up 5-3 in the second set and serving for the match when Zvonareva
suddenly took control, winning eight consecutive games and 10 of
the final 11.
Frequently looking off-balance while serving, Sharapova bounced
her second serve into the net on one of her two double-faults in
losing the sixth game of the third set.
The men's side of the tournament lost its No. 1 player Sunday
when Guillermo Canas upset Roger Federer 7-5, 6-2 to end the Swiss
star's 41-match winning streak.
Sharapova said she got a bit deflated when she couldn't close
out the match against Zvonareva and, "She just started swinging
and wasn't making a lot of errors."
Asked about the problems with her serves, Sharapova said,
"Yeah, there were a lot of wrong things going on today. That was
just one of them, especially in the third set. But it was more of a
snowball effect than anything else."
Zvonareva said: "I was concentrating on every point, trying to
get the rhythm, trying to get my game together and I was just
fighting for every point. I think that's why I was able to turn it
Daniela Hantuchova beat Martina Hingis 6-4, 6-3 in a rematch of
their 2002 Indian Wells final, won by Hantuchova in straight sets.
Svetlana Kuznetsova advanced with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Ai
No. 17 Li Na of China defeated No. 9 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia
6-3, 7-6 (1) to move into the quarterfinals. Her country's
highest-ranked player ever and a tour event winner in 2004, Li next
Tatiana Golovin advanced when No. 7 Nadia Petrova retired
because of heat exhaustion after losing the first set 6-2 and
dropping the first game of the second.
Ivan Ljubicic, who lost to Federer in the Indian Wells
quarterfinals last year after the Swiss star beat him in the fourth
round in 2005, reached the quarterfinals again this time, defeating
David Nalbandian 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.
No. 2 Rafael Nadal rolled to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over fellow
Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero in another fourth-round match.