Tennis: Sharapova dumped out of Australian Open by Cibulkova; second upset in two days
(REUTERS) - Third seed Maria Sharapova was dumped out of the Australian Open on Monday with a 6-3, 4-6, 1-6 fourth round loss to Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova on Rod Laver Arena.
The 2008 champion had to take a medical time-out between the second and third sets for treatment on an undisclosed injury. She was grimacing when bending over and grabbing her lower back during the final set.
Sharapova's demise comes a day after Serbia's Ana Ivanovic beat world number one and title favourite Serena Williams, also in the fourth round.
"I watched that match, it was a great match for Ana, but this was a little bit of a different story," Cibulkova said in a courtside interview.