The “Tennis Princes” & Number Three seed Maria Sharapova was exhausted by her erratic second serve another time, falling to Number twenty six seed Flavia Pennetta 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
Sharapova had previously been 12-0 in three-set matches in 2011.
Sharapova came to big apple in wonderful kind, having simply won the Western & Southern Open in Ohio 2 weeks ago. however as has been the case in many alternative massive matches this year, Sharapova’s serve disintegrated.
The 2006 U.S. Open champion served 2 double faults as she was broken to like within the final game of the match.
The loss is Sharapova’s fourth career loss within the third spherical of the U.S. Open, having previously lost at this stage in 2004 [Mary Pierce], 2007 [Agnieszka Radwanska], and 2009 [Melanie Oudin].