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Sharapova suffers shock Wimbledon exit

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2004 Wimbledon Champion Maria Sharapova was bundled out of the second round of the Championships in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 by Portuguese qualifier Michelle Larcher De Brito in a shock of epic proportions.

The 20 year old unheralded Portuguese, a pint sized competitor at just 5 feet 5 inches tall, out screamed Sharapova and out hit the Russian rather comfortably over the course of the contest.

The opening set lasted barely over half an hour with Sharapova also facing the curse of the falling seeds as she slipped twice in the first set. Things got ever worse for the former world no.1 as she fell badly in the second set and appeared to pick up an injury, but it was her pride that appeared more shaken as Larcher De Brito continued to out play the Russian diva.

Larcher De Brito served for the match at 5-4 in the second set and faced some typical resistance from Maria, who refused to go down without a fight. Sharapova saved four match points and even earned two break points as she came perilously close to drawing level in the second set, but some deep breaths and an errant forehand into the net from Sharapova helped Larcher De Brito wrap up the biggest win of her fledgling career.

The youngster shared after the match, "I'm really excited. I really can't believe it. It's a little bit of shock and excitement. I'm just really happy I got through that match. It was a really great win for me.”