Sharapova Defeats Wozniacki: No Hand Shake from the Dane for Umpire

Maria Sharapova defeats Wozniacki: no handshake from the Dane for umpire. With an aggressive start to the match, the Russian sweetheart forced her way to dominate the first set with her confidence and drive, but this dropped away and the former world No. 1, Wozniacki, fought back and temporarily looked like she was going to bounce back in rivalry against the world No. 2, but it was not to be so.

A decision from the umpire to overrule a linesman’s call did not suit Danish taste buds and Wozniacki soured at the ruling, albeit it was a correct judgment by the official, but nonetheless, it led to her walking passed the judge without a handshake. Sharapova clearly had the edge on the game, and delaying the agony any further would not have changed the outcome at all in my view. Besides, the call was correct and losing is part of tennis—in fact, any sport for that matter.

We all want to be winners, but a sore loser only creates bitterness. Women tennis players of this caliber are under a lot of pressure to win, and loss of confidence lessens the ability to draw from the inner game of tennis and the slightly deflated Dane felt that pressure in the loss and it took its toll on her composure and feeling a little hard done by she obviously felt the judge didn’t deserve a congratulatory pressing of the flesh.

Sharapova Defeats Wozniacki: No Hand Shake from the Dane for Umpire

Sharapova Defeats Wozniacki: No Hand Shake from Dane for Umpire

Sharapova Defeats Wozniacki: No Hand Shake from Dane for Umpire Photo by J Servat

Sharapova appeared well on her way to capturing the opening set Thursday by running out to a 4-1 lead, but her mighty forehand abandoned her for a stretch as Wozniacki surprisingly won five straight games to take the stanza.

The three-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova, however, fought back to take the second set handily, setting the stage for a tight third.

Sharapova tallied two breaks to the Danish Wozniacki’s one in the final set, which the Russian ultimately closed out by holding serve.

An angry Wozniacki exited the stadium without shaking the chair umpire’s hand.

On the final point of the match, a Sharapova serve was called long by a linesman, which would have given the point to the Dane via double fault, but the umpire overruled the call, which gave Sharapova another shot to successfully close out the game, and the match, at 40-30, which she did with an overhead winner.

A television replay showed the umpire was correct with his overrule. Source

Twenty four year old Maria Sharapova defeats Wozniacki: no handshake from the Dane for umpire, and as she saw her chances for the $712,000 prize money for a win on Saturday slip from her grip, it appears that her graces slipped away with it. Sharapova said, “I’m really pleased after losing that first set. I could easily have just gone down in that second set. I stepped it up. I didn’t stop…I kept that momentum until the end.” The Russian superstar now has an opportunity to take out the Sony Ericsson Open tournament in Florida with a win—which would be her first for the 2012 season.

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