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Last Updated: Friday, 18 March, 2005, 23:51 GMT
Sharapova humiliated by Davenport
Maria Sharapova
Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova suffered the most embarrassing defeat of her career on Friday in failing to win a game against Lindsay Davenport.

The Russian, who had been closing in on Davenport's world number one spot, was thrashed 6-0 6-0 in the semi-finals of the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells.

Davenport won the first set in 19 minutes and took 52 of 75 total points.

The top seed goes on to face Kim Clijsters, who beat fourth seed Elena Dementieva 6-4 6-2.

Sharapova said the gusting wind was a factor, but she did not use that as an excuse.

This is the happiest I have been to be in the final
Kim Clijsters

"There are days when I go out on the court and I feel like I can't miss a ball," said Sharapova.

"Today was just one of those days when you're playing terrible and she's just hitting every single ball as hard as she can, on the line."

Davenport said: "It was kind of a weird sensation, an odd position to be in, to win a match against such a good player and not have lost a game."

Clijsters, playing in only her second tournament back since a wrist injury, beat Dementieva in the first semi-final.

Dementieva took a timeout for a hip flexor injury in the second set and returned with her right thigh strapped, before double-faulting on match point.

"This is the happiest I have been to be in the final," said Clijsters, who won the title in 2003.

"In 2003 it was great, but you don't know how much it means until you haven't had it for a while."

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