I need some time - Sharapova refelcts on third straight defeat

Indian Wells Sharapova Loses To Osaka In First Round

Tennis: Osaka ousts former No. 1 Sharapova at Indian Wells

The 2011 US Open champion dropped the first set and was broken four times during her 3-6 6-3 6-3 victory on Thursday over Lauren Davis.

The former world No 1, and twice a victor in the California desert, Sharapova was one of the tournament's leading names after missing the last two events.

Sharapova reached the semi-finals of the Shenzhen Open in January and round three of the year's first Grand Slam, the Australian Open, but lost in the opening round in Doha last month.

Five-time grand slam victor Maria Sharapova suffered a shock defeat on Wednesday to Japanese No 1 Naomi Osaka, losing her opening match at the WTA Indian Wells tournament 6-4, 6-4.

Stosur also avoided adding to the group of five top-50 players losing in the first round including Croatian Donna Vekic who fell to Greece's Maria Sakkari. Yuki now leads head-to-head record 3-1 against the 22-year-old Ramkumar.

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Sharapova won the title in 2006 and 2013, but her bid for a third came to an end at the first hurdle.

She trailed 4-1 in the first set before holding serve at 4-all.

By the second set, Osaka again gained an early lead as breaks went back and forth. Osaka held serve for 5-4 and broke Sharapova on a double fault to close out the set. The 16-year-old Anisimova, who earned a wild card into the main draw, is the U.S. Open junior champion.

In a marathon battle spanning two hours and 23 minutes, Switzerland's Belinda Bencic knocked out Timea Babos 1-6, 6-1, 7-6 to set up a second-round clash with Jelena Ostapenko while Sachia Vickery beat Canada's Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-4. She returned to tennis only last April.

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