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Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Sharapova lauded for act of sportsmanship


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Maria Sharapova has been lauded for her sportsmanship after reaching the quarterfinals of the Shenzhen Open when Chinese teenager Wang Xinyu retired in the second set with cramps.

Sharapova, who lost the first set 7-6, was leading 5-2 in the second before the 17-year-old Wang was forced to quit.

Wang was clearly upset by the chain of events, bursting into tears as she made her way to her chair.

Sharapova not only offered words of encouragement but went and sat next to Wang and put her arm around her as the teenager wept.

“It’s not the way either of us wants to finish the match, win or lose,” Sharapova said. “I thought (Wang) was absolutely the dominant player in this match, and had all the opportunities to win it, even though I felt like I was finding my stride and getting a little bit closer to the line and being more aggressive.”

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Wang, who won two Grand Slam doubles titles last year, received a wild card into the Shenzhen event.

“She has all the tools to play well, and I think she showcased that, and it’s obviously a very unfortunate way to end the match,” Sharapova said.

Sharapova will next face top-seeded Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in the quarterfinals. Sabalenka defeated Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia 6-3, 6-3.

Earlier, Wang Yafan reached the quarterfinals by beating Ons Jabeur of Tunisia 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. She will next face Monica Niculescu of Romania, who defeated Kristyna Pliskova of Czech Republic 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-4.

Maria Sharapova has been lauded for her sportsmanship after reaching the quarterfinals of the Shenzhen Open when Chinese teenager Wang Xinyu retired in the second set with cramps.

Sharapova, who lost the first set 7-6, was leading 5-2 in the second before the 17-year-old Wang was forced to quit.

Wang was clearly upset by the chain of events, bursting into tears as she made her way to her chair.

Sharapova not only offered words of encouragement but went and sat next to Wang and put her arm around her as the teenager wept.

“It’s not the way either of us wants to finish the match, win or lose,” Sharapova said. “I thought (Wang) was absolutely the dominant player in this match, and had all the opportunities to win it, even though I felt like I was finding my stride and getting a little bit closer to the line and being more aggressive.”

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https://twitter.com/MRisingStar18/status/1080362652717760512

https://twitter.com/luciahoff/status/1080603061729529857

 

Wang, who won two Grand Slam doubles titles last year, received a wild card into the Shenzhen event.

“She has all the tools to play well, and I think she showcased that, and it’s obviously a very unfortunate way to end the match,” Sharapova said.

Sharapova will next face top-seeded Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in the quarterfinals. Sabalenka defeated Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia 6-3, 6-3.

Earlier, Wang Yafan reached the quarterfinals by beating Ons Jabeur of Tunisia 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. She will next face Monica Niculescu of Romania, who defeated Kristyna Pliskova of Czech Republic 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-4.

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