'Bad day' as Sharapova loses to Russian rival

Maria Kirilenko and her boyfriend, Igor Andreev, refused to look on the bleak side after the singles draw for the Australian Open was made here last week. "He had Roger Federer and I had Maria Sharapova," Kirilenko said yesterday. "Before the matches he said we could start the year loudly. Well, I've already started the year loudly, I think. Now it's his turn."

Andreev was due on court earlier today to face Federer and needed only to look to Kirilenko for inspiration after the world No 58's 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 victory over her fellow Russian. It was Sharapova's earliest defeat in a Grand Slam for seven years and underlined her struggle to return from the shoulder injury that kept her out for more than 10 months.

Sharapova hit 11 double-faults and made 77 unforced errors in her first defeat here since she lost to Serena Williams in the final three years ago. The world No 14 dismissed the setback as simply "a bad day".

The returning Belgians, Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin, enjoyed straight-sets wins over Valérie Tétreault and Kirsten Flipkens respectively. Henin now meets Elena Dementieva, the No 5 seed, in the second round.

Jelena Dokic, who captivated the crowd with her performances here last year, fell at the first hurdle to Russia's Alisa Kleybanova on a disappointing evening for the locals. Rafael Nadal had got the night session under way with a 7-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory over another Australian, Peter Luczak.

Andy Roddick beat the Dutchman Thiemo De Bakker in straight sets and survived a nasty collision with a line judge. The American was relieved he did no further damage to the knee injury he suffered at the end of last year but was not impressed by the official's behaviour. "He wasn't really trying to do much to get out of the way," Roddick said. "Normally when they see a player running full speed they decide to at least move or catch the player. I felt like he was trying out for WWE [professional wrestling] or something."

Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before