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French Open 2011: Maria Sharapova Survives Tricky Second Round Match

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 24:  Maria Sharapova of Russia waves to the crowd as she celebrates match point during the women's singles round one match between Maria Sharapova of Russia and Mirjana Lucic of Croatia on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 24, 2011 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Candice HareContributor IIIMay 26, 2011

Maria Sharapova may have came into this year's French Open as one of the favorites after taking the title in Rome, but she will have to play better in her forthcoming matches if she wants any shot at taking the title.

The match was played in tough conditions, as it was cold and very windy and Sharapova was unable to properly deal with the conditions.

Furthermore, her poor movement on the dirt (even she once described her movement on clay as that of "a cow on ice") also added to her troubles.

Regardless of the seventh seeded Sharapova's poor play, you have to give credit to the 17-year-old Garcia, who played much better than her No. 188 world ranking would have suggested going into this match.

Her movement and balance were world class and she also avoided to pile on the errors in spite of the gusty conditions.

Garcia easily won the first set 6-3 and seemed to be cruising in the second set before she began to show signs of nerves while up 4-1. Sharapova was able to take advantage of the few errors that Garcia made in order to win the next five straight games to take the second set 6-4.

In the deciding third set, it was all Sharapova, as the French wildcard wasn't able to sustain the high level that she had played at earlier in the match. As a result, the Russian won the third set 6-0.

Sharapova will play the No. 129 player in the world Yung-Jan Chan of Chinese Taipei in the third round.

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