Two former champions were knocked out of Wimbledon today, as Maria Sharapova and Andy Roddick were sent packing in only the second round.
Upset pretty much summed up the day for two of the tennis world's top contenders. Sharapova, who won the tournament in 2004 at age 17, was bested by Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia. The 20-year-old is only ranked 154th in the world.
Roddick on the other hand, who was Wimbledon's 2004 and 2005 runner up, lost to 40th-ranked Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia. Tipsarevic has never gotten past the fourth round at a major tournament.
Both losses can be attributed to errors and a lack of focus, as Roddick went 0-8 on break points, and failed to capitalize when he needed to.
"I pretty much choked," Roddick told reporters. "You want something so bad, you squeeze too tight. I didn't make anything happen tonight. Zero, zero, zero. I played horrific shots in break points. At big moments, I blinked."
Sharapova was just off her game, serving three double-faults in one game and finishing with 22 unforced errors and eight double-faults.
Her competitor Kudryavtseva on the other hand was overly confident and even cocky after the match. "Maybe it will sound a little too much, but I did expect to win," she told reporters. "I did think about winning, not just going and playing."
She even went as far as insulting Sharapova's much talked about Wimbledon attire. "I don’t' like her outfit," Kudryavtseva said. "It was one of the motivations to beat her."
This may be so, and everyone needs their motivation. But, just a little tip for the next time Kudryavtseva wins a huge tournament against one of the hottest (and we mean that in both the sense that her tennis game is hot, and Sharapova is hot, duh!), names in tennis, if you're going to insult someone's attire, make sure you at least look, or are dressed slightly better than them. I'm just saying.
Anyways, say bye bye to Wimbledon Sharapova and Roddick, better luck next year!
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