Tennis: Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams out of Australian Open

Maria Sharapova was the victim of another upset as she followed top seed Serena Williams out of the Australian Open after a very surprising defeat by Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova in the fourth round. The Russian player had won the title in 2008 but now she lost 3-6 6-4 6-1 in an inconsistent display on Rod Laver Arena. Five-time champion Williams was beaten by Ana Ivanovic 24 hours earlier, leaving two-time winner and second Victoria Azarenka as the player with the most major titles in the draw.

Third seed Sharapova left the court for a medical timeout before the third set but that didn't seem to do her much good as she finished with a total of 45 unforced errors in two hours and 12 minutes. For Cibulkova this will be her third Grand Slam quarter-final

"I have a bit of a strain, the trainer told me, in the hip area," said Sharapova. "Those aches and pains are expected when you spend a long time on the court. You just have to play through it." Cibulkova, aged 24, will face Romanian player Simona Halep in her first Australian Open quarter-final. "It feels great, especially because I played well and it was a tough match," said Cibulkova, seeded 20th. "I went on the court and I was more than 100% sure that I really could beat her, and beat her on the big court, in an important match in a Grand Slam. I did it before. She knows me and I knew she knew it was going to be a tough match. I was prepared for it."

Here are the odds for Cibulkova's quarter final match at Bet365:

Simona Halep to win - 8/15
Dominika Cibulkova to win - 6/4

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  • Serbia mico.femic.1


    maria sharapova is an angel , the most beautiful athlete and a good player . although it can not be compared with Serena because she's machinery and animals on the ground. but the most beautiful maria and with that and a good quality tennis player . It does not need anything besides this tennis beauty because she radiates wherever it appears. maria more beautiful . :)

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