Ruthless Sharapova crushes opponent
TENNIS: She may not win the Australian Open, but the reign of the Ice Queen will continue at Melbourne Park.
Maria Sharapova made her 22-year-old opponent cry, such was the ease and power of her victory on Rod Laver Arena yesterday.
But what is the 31-year-old, who’s playing in her 15th Australia Open, to do about that?
Show some empathy? Some sympathy?
“There is no time for that, I’m sorry to say,” Sharapova said following her victory.
“So I’m not so much worried about my opponent, but I have to step up when the time is right and when I need to, so that’s my main goal.”
Young brit Harriet Dart, playing for the first time in the main draw of a grand slam, was so distraught after her 6-0, 6-0 drubbing she broke down in tears.
An hour later she was still visibly upset as she fronted the media.
“She doesn’t really give you anything,” Dart said.
“… She is who she is and the way she played shows that.”
Sharapova, the 2008 Australian Open champion, said she had planned to be uncompromising.
“I think I was just focused on not having a let-down,” she said.
“I think it’s very easy to be in a position where things are flowing, you know, you’re doing all the right things, she’s making a few errors, you’re comfortable, easy to get complacent, and, you know, complacency is not great.”
Sharapova said she was continuing to battle a right shoulder problem as well a leg injury, but was thrilled to play, and win, her first match of the year.
NO LET-UP: Maria Sharapova.