Sharapova refuses to make excuses for Australian Open flop

20:07, January 18, 2010      

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Russia's Maria Sharapova refused to make excuses after her shock first round defeat to compatriot Maria Kirilenko at the Australian Open here on Monday.

"I just didn't win the match. You know, bottom line," said Sharapova. "I certainly had my chances and just didn't execute. You know, I felt like, when she was up and then I'd get back there, back in the game, I just didn't take advantage of that and let her control the situation again."

The three-time Grand Slam champion knew going into the match that Kirilenko was a classy performer.

"She's not really the type of player that makes you feel that good, but there are many of those types of players. She changes the pace a lot. Uhm, you know, she just has a little bit of a different type of game. Today she was just able to execute many things really well," said Sharapova.

Sharapova missed last year's Australian Open while she recovered from shoulder surgery and did not return to the women's tour until May last year, but she denied that her injury lay-off and the resulting comparative loss of form had robbed her of some of her self-belief.

"I wouldn't say it's 'belief.' I think 'belief' is either something you have or you don't have. Whether it's just a little bit of, uhm, maybe confidence ... Obviously it's the first tournament of the year and, you know, I just came up against somebody that just played really good tennis. I mean, I could be disappointed or I could just take it as it is and just go back on the court and just keep working. I choose option two. It's a bad day and you have to get on with your life. You know, there are many worse situations in life. There are people that don't even know what a tennis match is in the world," she said.

Source: Xinhua
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