Eurosport - Mon, 15 Oct 17:59:00 2007
A difficult season for Maria Sharapova only became worse in Moscow. Eurosport.yahoo.com looks at this week's winners and losers
The Russian collected an early present ahead of her 26th birthday on Monday with a bruising 5-7 6-1 6-1 victory over American number one Serena Williams in the final of her home tournament in Moscow. A runner-up in 2001 and 2004, Dementieva finally claimed a personally coveted prize and moves up four spots to tenth in the WTA Race to the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships.
The Italian stunned American number two Venus Williams on her way to the Bangkok final and then went onto win her fourth career title and her first since 2005. Even a Thai monsoon delay could not put the brakes on dominant 6-1 6-3 victory over Yung-Jan Chan in the final.
The Australian Open champion reached her first final since winning the Miami Masters title in April, and though she expects better from herself Serena should be content to start somewhere.
The 18-year-old Belarusian followed up her surprise fourth-round run at the US Open and Tashkent final appearance with a more stunning 7-6(9) 6-2 second-round victory over former world number one and one-time teenage starlet Maria Sharapova in Moscow.
The biggest loser of the week and perhaps the season, last year's US Open champion continued to struggle with the shoulder injury that has ravaged her 2007 campaign. After losing to the up-and-coming Azarenka in her first match in Moscow, Sharapova decided to take another two-week break to try to rekindle her recovery.
The third seeded Russian seemed as far away from her US Open semi-finals appearance as ever dropping her opening round match to compatriot Dinara Safina in the Russian capital. In the three tournaments since Flushing Meadows the world number seven has won one match. We miss the summer too Anna.
The 29-year-old drops her mantle as French number one for the first time in five years after again losing in the first round, this time to unheralded Russian Vera Zvonareva. Mauresmo falls two places to 13th in the WTA rankings and is replaced there by Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli.
Fresh off a shock final loss to unheralded Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano in the Tier III Japan Open, the Wimbledon champion again struggled in an Asian Tier III tournament falling to the in-form Pennetta in the semi-finals at Bangkok. Was the jaunt through a series of middling tournaments worth the holiday in East-Asia?
Simply Stunning, Simply Serena
57 Consecutive Weeks as World #1
Olympic Gold Medalist ('00 Doubles w/ Venus)