Maria Sharapova took her inner pitbull onto the terre battue today, mauling Nadia Petrova in the second round of the French Open: 6-2, 1-6, 8-6. And what a way to do it – winning five straight games in the first, flailing in the second and fighting back from a break down in the third.
Once the match was tied 6-6 in the third, did anyone doubt that Maria was going to win? If she was playing Dinara Safina or Serena Williams, we’d have something to worry about. But this was Nadia Petrova across the net and Sharapova wanted payback for the retirement rumors her countrywoman had been spreading in the locker room (click here).
New rumor: Nadia Petrova’s considering retirement after losing in the second round of the French to someone ranked almost 100 spots below her. Meowwww!
The ambitious Maria won’t stop at asserting her dominance on the court – her comeback attack plan includes the virtual world, as well. Maria’s already back to No. 1 – in Yahoo! searches. Take that Mandy Moore! Cry to mama, Compost Bins!
Via her website:
Maria is #1 in Yahoo! searches for today (May 26). If you go to the bottom of the Yahoo! page you will see Maria in the top spot.
Here is the top 10 for today:
1. Maria Sharapova
2. Mandy Moore
3. New Moon Movie
4. NBA Playoffs
5. Bug Bites
6. Disney World
7. Compost Bins
8. Used Cars
9. North Korea
10. Mortgage Calculator
Sharapova will play Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazhakstan (ranked 98) in the third round. The plot thickens in this wide open quarter of the draw.