Sharapova Slips; Lookalike Leaves, Too

Published on 1-Jul-2014 by J Square Humboldt

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Sharapova Slips; Lookalike Leaves, Too

So much for seedings.

In a rankings massacre reminiscent of college football in November, the Ladies' Singles at Wimbledon lost another couple of brand names when No 4 Agnieszka Radwanska and No 5 Maria Sharapova packed up the rackets after falling in the Round of 16.

Ekaterina Makarova of Russia, the No 22 seed, made short work of Radwanka in a 6-3,6-0 stroll through SW25. She'll now face No 23 Lucie Šafářová of the Czech Republic in the quarters. (And yes, as an added bonus to those who notice and wonder about those things, Slavic languages add the letter a to feminine surnames. That's why Maria's dad, for example, is Yuri Sharapov.)

There's no sugar-coating Sharapova's exit. No 9 Angelique Kerber of Germany had the better game on the day, and judging from her classic accent, her next assignment should really be to take on Moose and Squirrel:

And coulda-been-little-sister Alizé Cornet -- victor over top seed Serena Williams in the prior round -- followed Sharapova to the showers (figuratively speaking) when Canadian sensation Eugenie Bouchard continued her impressive run of success in Grand Slam events and prevailed over the Frenchwoman, 7-6, 7-5.

Yes, the Pommie play-by dudes love their Daughters of the Empire.

So, amid the bracket detritus stand No 3 Simona Halep of Romania and No 6 Petra Kvitová of the Czech Republic. It could be that No 19 Sabine Lisicki and unseeded Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová have them just where they wan them.