September 16, 2014
PARIS (AP) - Maria Sharapova's latest bid for her first French Open title ended with a 6-0, 6-2 loss to Dominika Cibulkova.
Sharapova lost the first 11 games and averted a shutout only after facing match point. She was playing in just her second tournament after a layoff of nearly 10 months because of a right shoulder injury and surgery.
Sharapova had won three-setters in all four previous matches in this year's tournament.
Cibulkova, a 20-year-old Slovak seeded 20th, advanced to her first Grand Slam semifinal. Her opponent Thursday will be top-ranked Dinara Safina, who rallied to beat Victoria Azarenka 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.
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