Maria Sharapova called the slick courts at Wimbledon “dangerous” during her second-round loss to Michelle Larcher de Brito at the All England Club on Wednesday, but she refused to blame the surface for her defeat.
Sharapova lost in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 to de Brito on Court No. 2, which is the same venue where fellow top female Caroline Wozniacki was defeated 6-2, 6-2 in her second-round match. Sharapova and Wozniacki’s surprising losses were part of a stunning day of results that included No. 3 seed Roger Federer losing in four sets; No. 6 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga retiring with a knee injury down two sets to one; and Victoria Azarenka withdrawing from her match.
Sharapova credited her opponent after the match and blamed herself for not being aggressive enough. She refused to blame the surface for her issues, which is different from how she acted while she was playing.