2008 FRENCH OPEN
DINARA SAFINA v MARIA SHARAPOVA
4-6 6-2 7-6
Sharapova knew she had to raise her game to beat Safina, who had not dropped a set in her first three matches.
Safina, the younger sister Marat Safin who was once No. 1 in the world, has improved her fitness, but anger management has been a bigger issue.
One point from the quarterfinals, a shrieking Maria Sharapova again came up short at the French Open.
Bidding for the only Grand Slam title she has yet to win, the top-ranked Sharapova twice blew big leads in the second set Monday and lost to fellow Russian Dinara Safina
The match had tempers flaring on both sides as Safina was smashing racquetsand Sharapova was yelling out "CHOKER" when Safina double faulted on a game
They French crowd whistled and booed Sharapova as she left Court Suzanne Lenglen after the match, and she didnít acknowledge the crowd.
To Sharapova's credit, she fought throughout the match and knows what works for her and doesn't worry about her popularity.
Safina has been on fire lately, taking the clay court title in Berlin and beating Justine Henin (in Henin's last match before retiring) along the way.