Former World No.1 Maria Sharapova of Russia, the No.5 seed, entered the quarterfinals of the Shenzhen Open on Wednesday after moving past the impressive Chinese teenager Wang Xinyu, 6-7(4), 5-2, ret.
Wang Xinyu (Photos by Liu Xudong)
17-year-old Wang, a prodigious talent who won two junior Grand Slam titles in doubles last year, received a wild card into the event, and used it to power to a stunning first-set win over the five-time Grand Slam champion, before cramping forced her to retire during the second set after one hour and 47 minutes of play.
"Obviously, it’s a tough situation," Sharapova told the press corps, following the match. "It’s not the way either of us wants to finish the match, win or lose. 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."
"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 continued.
The Chinese youngster made her mark on the match quickly. She dismissed a break point against her in the first game before drawing first blood with a break of the Sharapova serve at 2-1, after the Russian fired a forehand wide on break point.