Sharapova loss just the start of a chaotic day at Wimbledon

Wondering what motivated Alla Kudryavtseva to beat Maria Sharapova? Simple. She didn't like Sharapova's outfit.

Updated: June 27, 2008, 8:03 AM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England -- Six months ago, Maria Sharapova looked truly ready to dominate women's tennis.

She won the Australian Open, defeating three of her closest rivals -- Justine Henin, Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic -- in the process. Four years of consistently terrific tennis brought her two Grand Slam singles titles, but the mayhem in Melbourne suggested she was about to separate from the peloton. When Henin retired abruptly before the French Open, it seemed like a certainty.


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