Glamour Players Fall in Kremlin Cup

APMaria Sharapova of Russia returning a shot to Belarus' Victoria Azarenka in the Kremlin Cup on Wednesday. Sharapova lost the second round match 7-6, 6-2.
Second seed Maria Sharapova was unceremoniously bundled out of the Kremlin Cup on Wednesday, losing to Belarus' Victoria Azarenka 7-6, 6-2 in the second round.

In her first match in almost six weeks, Sharapova, who had been nursing a shoulder injury, made 45 unforced errors and served seven double faults in a match lasting one hour and 49 minutes.

It marked the third straight year of dissapointment for the Florida-based Russian, who was was forced to pull out with a foot injury last year, and was beaten in the quarterfinals in 2005.

Earlier, Russia's Vera Zvonareva recorded her first win in eight attempts over Amelie Mauresmo, when she came from behind to beat the sixth-seeded Frenchwoman 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round.

After battling for over two hours, the unseeded Russian scored a decisive break in the ninth game of the third set before clinching the win at her first opportunity when Mauresmo, ranked 11, splayed her backhand on match point.

The 24th-ranked Muscovite will face Pole Agnieszka Radwanska in round two.

Mauresmo's compatriot, fifth seed and Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli, was also sent home by unseeded Russian Vera Dushevina 2-6, 6-0, 6-4.

On a day of upsets, Swiss seventh seed Patty Schnyder was knocked out by another unseeded Russian, Yelena Dementyeva, 6-3, 6-4.

In the quarterfinals, Dushevina will face top seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, who beat Argentina's Gisela Dulko 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, while Dementyeva meets Azarenka.

In the men's draw, fourth seed Paul-Henri Mathieu of France became the first player into the last eight with a straightforward 6-3, 6-4 win over Russian wildcard Igor Kunitsyn.

German eighth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber joined Mathieu after outlasting Croatian qualifier Marin Cilic 7-6, 1-6, 6-4. Russia's second seed Mikhail Youzhny also advanced, seeing off Latvian teenager Ernests Gulbis 6-3, 6-2 in the first round.