Opting to wear none of her two Nike Maria London Dresses, Maria Sharapova opened her Wimbledon 2019 campaign against France’s world No.88 Pauline Parmentier and even though the Russian looked to be en route to an albeit tough victory, her opponent recovered from being a set and a break down and eventually progressed into the second round as Sharapova retired while trailing 0-5 in the decider.
Despite serving at only 43% in the first set and having a -6 winners-to-unforced-errors differential compared to Parmentier’s 0, Sharapova edged out the first set.
In the 64-minute second set, Sharapova fought hard to earn a 5-2 lead and just as it looked like the Russian would victoriously finish the job, Parmentier won four games in a row to lead 6-5. Sharapova didn’t give up easily, she broke back and forced a tiebreak, in which the five-time Grand Slam champion quickly faced a 1-5 deficit, then recovered to 4-5, but eventually lost and the match was taken into a decider.
After the second set, Sharapova took a medical timeout and as the third set progressed she seemed to be in pain, wearing a taping on her left arm. As you know, this was only the third match Sharapova has played since January and some health problem must have resurfaced, as the former world No.1 lost five games in a row, eventually not even being able to finish and give her opponent a decent victory. The match was stopped at 4-6 7-6(4) 5-0.
When it comes to dresses, even though Sharapova had two options available for Wimbledon — the the Nike Fall Maria London Seamless Dress and the Nike Fall Maria London Knotted Dress, the tennis fashionista surprised us by launching a never-before-seen racerback design that features cutouts at back and below chest.