The Washington Times reports on Maria Sharapova's latest disgrace. She's the world's highest paid female athlete, yet one of the least talented, interesting and exemplary. And remember, La Russophobe exposed her long ago. You heard it here first (La Russophobe has already written that Maria was using this sham tourament full of patsies to try to pad her ranking). Like Russia, Sharapova is nothing but smoke and mirrors, doomed to ignominous failure. In this tournament she did not have to face a player ranked in the world's top 10, it was a lowly Tier III event, yet she (the defending "champion" yet) couldn't even make the finals. This is the athlete Russia chose to represent its (failed) bid for the Olympic games. To put it simply, neither Maria nor Russia has the vaguest clue, or much of any hope of getting one.
Little-known American Jamea Jackson, Saturday beat Maria Sharapova, 6-4, 6-4, in the semifinals of the DFS Classic in Birmingham, England. The unseeded Jackson had advanced to the semis with a 6-4, 6-3 victory against fourth-seeded Elena Likhovtseva of Russia on Friday. "I'm stunned and shocked -- I don't know what to say," said Jackson, who is No. 81 in the latest women's world rankings. "I am sure my mom is freaking out. She watches my games online. I cannot wait to call her." Sharapova, who was the top seed and a two-time defending champion, had claimed the 200th singles win of her career on Thursday. Her world ranking is No. 4. In Sunday's final, when she seeks her first career title, Jackson faces Russia's Vera Zvonareva, who beat American Meilen Tu, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.
Note that two seeded Russians were beaten by the American not even ranked in the world's top 75 players, and a third Russian needed three sets to struggle past a second unseeded American. In the finals, Jackson extended a third higher-ranked Russian (Zvonareva) to two hard-fought tiebreakers, where had a few points gone differently she could easily have prevailed. So it goes in Russia.
Once Again, Sharapova Exposed as a Fraud