US Open 2011: Sharapova Falls; Roddick, Murray Survive

Maria Sharapova‘s dreams of a second US Open singles title was shattered on Friday when the third-seeded Russian bowed to 26th seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6.

Sharapova’s shocking third-round exit was the biggest upset of the tournament so far. Other women’s seeds to fall on Day 5 at Flushing Meadows were no.19 Julia Gorges and 24th ranked Nadia Petrova. “It’s disappointing to lose in New York. Losing isn’t fun for anyone because we work to win,” said Sharapova, who was singles champion here in 2006.

Meanwhile in the men’s draw, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, and defending champion Rafael Nadal all moved on to the next round after registering contrasting victories. Roddick defeated fellow American Jack Sock, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4, while Nadal needed only two sets after his opponent, Nicolas Mahut, retired in the third set while trailing, 2-6, 2-6. Murray, on the other hand, rallied from two sets down against Robin Haase, 6-7, 2-6, 6-2, 6-0, 6-4, to book a place in the next round.