Maria Sharapova's Dream to End 2014 as Number One Fades

Maria Sharapova lost in straight sets to Petra Kvitova in a WTA Finals match. The defeat means her chances of overtaking world No. 1 before the year ends has diminished drastically.

updated: October 23, 2014 17:43 IST
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Maria Sharapova of Russia in action against Petra Kvitova.


Singapore: Maria Sharapova's hopes of ending a year as world number one for the first time in her career faded dramatically on Thursday when she crashed in straight sets to Petra Kvitova at the WTA Finals.

The Russian superstar needed a win to boost her chances of overtaking top-ranked Serena Williams but she blew up in spectacular fashion as Kvitova won 6-3, 6-2 in 75 minutes in Singapore.

It was the second upset in quick succession at the season finale after Simona Halep stunned Williams 6-0, 6-2 on Wednesday, the 18-time Grand Slam-winner's worst defeat in 16 years.

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