Lingering injuries or limitations coming to light for Sharapova

She's won 80 percent of her matches this season, but 2007 has been a down year for Maria Sharapova. A shoulder injury has kept her at less than 100 percent -- evidenced by the fact that she has only one title. This year might be a wash, but don't discount the 20-year-old Russian in 2008.

Updated: October 3, 2007, 4:15 PM ET
By Joel Drucker | Special to ESPN.com

Maria Sharapova's 2007 woes boil down to a simple question: Has she merely been hindered by a yearlong right shoulder injury or have her limitations been conclusively revealed?

At the four Grand Slams this year, it's been most unsettling not so much to see Sharapova lose as much as be obliterated -- and do so in increasingly earlier rounds. In the Australian Open final she went down to Serena Williams, 6-1, 6-2. At Roland Garros, Ana Ivanovic pummeled her 6-2, 6-1 in the semis. At Wimbledon, ...

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