Sharapova never got gloves on in semifinal loss

Maria Sharapova is often called one of the best fighters in the women's game. But against Ana Ivanovic, she never got the gloves on, writes Bonnie DeSimone.

Updated: June 7, 2007, 6:26 PM ET
By Bonnie DeSimone | Special to ESPN.com

PARIS -- Maria Sharapova graded herself on the curve Thursday, and she had a decent argument. Her 6-2, 6-1 loss to Serbia's Ana Ivanovic in the French Open semifinal might have woken the echoes of her recent maulings at the hands of Serena Williams in the Australian Open final and the round of 16 in Miami.

But Sharapova wasn't supposed to be in the Roland Garros semifinal in the first place, for a variety of reasons. Clay is not her preferred playground and she ...

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