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A loud sensation took place already in the second round of the women's tennis tournament in Miami - Russian Maria Sharapova, who ranks second in the WTA ranking, lost to her 21-year-old compatriot Daria Gavrilova, who occupies 97th place in the world classification.
Recall that Sharapova also had problems at a tournament for herself in Indian Wells, where she took off after the 1/8 finals, losing to Italian Flavier Pennetta in three sets. This time, things went even worse for Maria, Gavrilova did not give her much more famous rival even a set, winning 7: 6 (7: 4), 6: 3. Note that Gavrilova for the first time in her career beat a tennis player who is in the top 10 of the world ranking.
For Sharapova, who is a five-time finalist of this tournament, this departure was the earliest since 2003, when she only debuted at the tournament at the age of 15. In her interview, Daria Gavrilova, who lives and trains in Melbourne, said that she fulfilled her childhood dream by beating Sharapova. According to Gavrilova, the dream to beat Sharapova haunted her from the age of twelve, when she saw Maria's victory in the Wimbledon final over Serena Williams.
The next rival of Daria Gavrilova will be the 23-year-old Japanese Kurumi Nara, who in the second round of the competition defeated Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia in two sets.