Top seed Maria Sharapova was defeated by Angelique Kerber 6-4 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Open GDF Suez in Paris, but her rise to No.2 in the WTA rankings is guaranteed for Monday.
Only three of eleven break points converted and 33 unforced errors ensured Sharapova’s loss to the left-handed and aggressive Kerber who wasn’t as intimidated by the three-time Grand Slam champion as in their recent and only previous meeting at the Australian Open. The 27th-ranked Kerber had a perfect conversion rate on her five break points, coming back from 4-2 down in the first set and from 3-1 down in the second.
Kerber scored her first Top 5 win and her victory is even bigger given the fact that Sharapova played the Australian Open final only two weeks ago.
Next tournament on Sharapova’s calendar is the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, which starts on March 7. Before that, on March 5, Sharapova will play an exhibition match with Caroline Wozniacki in New York, as part of the BNP Paribas Showdown.