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Maria Sharapova loses, Serena Williams advances at French Open

Maria Sharapova loses, Serena Williams advances at French Open

Defending champion Maria Sharapova's bid for a third French Open title in four years is over. Coughing between points on an overcast day, the second-seeded Sharapova was outplayed throughout a 7-6 (3), 6-4 loss to 13th-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic in the fourth round Monday. It is Sharapova's earliest defeat at Roland Garros since 2010, when she was beaten in the third round. Since then, the Russian has won the clay-court Grand Slam tournament in 2012 and 2014, was the runner-up to Serena Williams in 2013, and reached the semifinals in 2011. In another fourth-round match, Serena Williams looked curiously flat at times against Sloane Stephens but still fought...

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