Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a match against Dania Gavrilova of Russia during Day 4 of the Miami Open presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 26, 2015 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP
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World No. 2 Maria Sharapova crashed out of the Miami Open hard court tennis tournament Thursday, ambushed by 97th-ranked Daria Gavrilova 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 .The upset, biggest so far at the combined WTA and ATP Masters event, took 1 hour, 49 minutes and marked the worst defeat five-time Grand Slam winner Sharapova has endured in Miami since she lost in the first round on her debut in 2003 .Sharapova lost the opening set after nearly an hour and quickly found herself trailing the former junior world No. 1 4-1 in the second.Sharapova clawed a break back but was then broken to love as Gavrilova set herself up for the win with a 5-3 lead.Sharapova said she simply left herself too much to do in the second set.Gavrilova lives and trains in Australia, where she is coached with funding from the Australian federation and is pursuing the Australian citizenship.The triumph was her first against a top-10 player after four prior chances.
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