Sporting Life

Sharapova's upset of Wozniacki sends serious message

Sport is fun but apparently no one told Maria Sharapova. Fun is not in her lexicon, certainly not on court. Fun may be what Amanda Anisimova said she had as she upset No. 11 seed Aryna Sabalenka but she's 17 and carefree. Sharapova is 31 and on court is a well-coiffed grim reaper. Tennis for her is gritty, sweaty work, it's a hard-edged duel, it's unsmiling hand-to-hand combat.

It is, well, fun to watch.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 19, 2019, with the headline 'Sharapova's upset of Wozniacki sends serious message'. Print Edition | Subscribe