Maria Sharapova reached the final of the Australian Open for the first time but lost to Serena Williams.
Back to Back Losing Matches
Sharapova became the top seed player in the Australian Open due to the withdrawal of Justine Henin. She reached the final of the Australian Open for the first time but lost to Serena Williams. However, after reaching the final Sharapova captured the No. 1 position again and held it for seven weeks before losing out to Henin because of a hamstring injury.
Falling Out Of The Top 5
In 2007 Sharapova experienced her earliest Wimbledon loss since 2003. After all this, with very short preparation she qualified for the first time in the French Open. However, in defending her U.S.Open title, Sharapova lost in the third round to 30th seed Agnieszka Radwańska, and she fell out of the top 5 rankings.
Dip In Her Performance
Though Sharapova gained the world No. 1 slot again after Henin’s sudden retirement, a dip in her performance continued which was witnessed by her early exit from Wimbledon, where she was defeated in the second round by world No. 154 Alla Kudryavtseva.
Sharapova’s shoulder injury forced her to withdraw from the Rogers Cup tournament. MRI scans of her shoulder revealed that she was suffering from a rotator cuff tear and that led to her withdrawal from all tournaments including the U.S. Open, the Beijing Olympics and the WTA Tour Championships.
Dropping Out Of The Top 100
Recovering from the shoulder surgery, she did not defend her Australian Open title. She returned in the doubles tournament in the BNP Paribas Open but lost in the first round, after which she withdrew from coming singles tournaments. Her ranking dropped for the first time in six years to below 100.
Lost To A Teenager In 2009
Sharapova moved on to play in the U.S. Open where she was seeded 29th, qualifying for the third round where she was beaten by a teenager, Melanie Oudin. It was the second time in Sharapova’s career that she had lost to a teenager at a Grand Slam event, making her ranking come down to 32.
Struggling Year, 2010
The tennis princess lost a majority of the tournaments she played in during 2010. In Australia, Sharapova lost in the first round at the start of her season, which was her first loss in an opening match since 2003. She lost in the BNP Paribas in the third round. However, her first win this year was the Cellular South Cup, for her 21st career WTA title.