Fifteen years ago, Maria Sharapova won the title at Wimbledon at the age of 17, losing in the semi-final in the next two seasons and never winning the prestigious title again. After the semi-final run in 2015, the Russian had to skip Wimbledon due to ban and injury in 2016 and 2017, returning last year and suffering a heavy first-round loss to Vitalia Diatchenko after a great battle.
Dealing with a shoulder injury, Maria has played only four tournaments before Wimbledon in 2019 and her campaign at the All England Club will not be remembered for too long, retiring against Pauline Parmentier while trailing 4-6, 7-6 5-0!
Sharapova had everything in her hands, forging a 6-4, 5-2 lead before the French player started to climb back, staying in contention and stealing that second set before Sharapova faded from the court, struggling with a left wrist / lower arm injury.
Parmentier had better numbers thanks to those five games in the decider, hitting 25 winners and 28 unforced errors and leaving Maria on a 16-30 ratio, never hitting a winner after the second set. They traded breaks in games four and five before Sharapova grabbed another one in the tenth game for a 6-4, settling into a nice rhythm and overcoming an early break in the second set to forge a 5-2 advantage with breaks in games two and six.
Out of sudden, Parmentier broke back in games nine and 11, wasting two set points on serve at 6-5 but taking the tie break 7-4 to crash Sharapova's dreams at this year's Wimbledon. The Russian had nothing left in the tank and she couldn't stay on the court for that one last game, retiring while trailing 5-0 to send Parmentier into the second round and stay without a win at Wimbledon since 2015!