Fighter Maria Sharapova played only one tournament since her comeback from a career-threatening shoulder injury and she managed to overcome a miserable start to beat Kazakh world No.98 Yaroslava Shvedova 1-6 6-3 6-4 in the third round of the French Open.
The 102nd-ranked former world No.1 displayed the champion inside her, just like in the previous round when she battled past 11th seed Nadia Petrova, and came back from behind to advance to the fourth round.
Sharapova is enjoying her role of an underdog at the French Open, as now the crowd is loving her. In 2007 and 2008 she was booed off after being knocked out.
“You’re ranked outside the Top 100, so people like you,” said the Russian. “When you’re number one in the world, for some reason they don’t like you anymore. It’s amazing how the society works.”
Sharapova will next face China’s Li Na, seeded 25th. (source: Sky Sports, photo: Stephane Martinache)