Tue | Jun 22, 2021

TENNIS: Maria Sharapova loses first match under coach Jimmy Connors

Published:Wednesday | August 14, 2013 | 1:42 PM

World number three Maria Sharapova made 62 unforced errors as she lost her first match since hiring Jimmy Connors as her coach.



Sloane Stephens beat the former champion 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.



The 26-year-old was making her return to tennis seven weeks after her last match, a shock early Wimbledon defeat.



Andy Murray on the other hand responded to last week's early exit in Montreal with a thumping win over Russian Mikhail Youzhny in the second round of the Cincinnati Open.



Murray, given a bye in round one as the second seed, lost to Ernests Gulbis five days ago but had few problems in seeing off Youzhny 6-2m 6-3.



He will play Frenchman Julien Benneteau in the last 16 tomorrow.



Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are potential semi-final opponents, with Novak Djokovic in the opposite half.



FOR MORE STORIES WATCH:




Like our new Facebook page:

Gleaner Jamaica



Follow us on Twitter:

@JamaicaGleaner



Email us at:

onlinefeedback@gleanerjm.com