Sharapova crashes out of Rogers Cup

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova crashed out of the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Thursday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:08 IST
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Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova crashed out of the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Thursday. Sharapova, the sixth seed won the opening set against fellow Russian Vera Zvonareva 6-4, but the 17-year-old sensation could not maintain her momentum. The 10th-seeded Zvonareva moved into the quarter-finals by winning the next two sets for a 4-6 6-4 6-4 victory and next plays 16-year-old Tatiana Golovin of France for a place in the semi-finals. Mauresmo, Capriati advance Second seed Amelie Mauresmo of France won the opening set of her third round match 6-2 against Elena Bovina of Russia, but the 14th seed bounced back to level the match by taking the second set 6-3. However, the 2002 champion and highest ranked player in the tournament advanced to a quarter-final against Karolina Sprem of Croatia, by dropping only two games in the deciding set for a 6-2 3-6 6-2 victory. Jennifer Capriati of the United States, the fifth seed, defeated Mary Pierce of France 6-2 6-4 much to the disappointment of the locals. The Montreal-born Pierce was a fan's favourite all week. Capriati next meets unseeded Russian Elena Likhovtseva who upset 11th seeded Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6-2 6-3 to advance to the last eight. French Open champion and third seed Anastasia Myskina of Russia easily defeated 15th seeded Chanda Rubin of the United States 6-4 6-0 and now meets 13th seed Ma gdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria, who ousted 9th seed Paola Suarez of Argentina 6-4, 6-3. (AP)

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