Tennis: Giorgi stuns Sharapova at Indian Wells

Tennis: Giorgi stuns Sharapova at Indian Wells
Camila Giorgi celebrates as she defeated Maria Sharapova.

NDIAN WELLS, United States - Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi stunned defending champion and fourth seed Maria Sharapova 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 on Monday to reach the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open.

The 79th-ranked Giorgi needed two hours and 36 minutes to notch her third career win against a top-10 player, aided by an error-strewn performance from Sharapova.

The Russian superstar hit only 16 winners and 58 unforced errors. Giorgi's stats weren't impressive either, and they combined for 15 breaks of serve.

"I did not play a good match at all," Sharapova said.

"I started very poorly. Never played against her, but she's someone that doesn't give you much rhythm.

"She's quite aggressive, but some shots she hit incredible for a long period of time.

"Sometimes they go off a bit.

"But, you know, if I'm speaking about my level, it was nowhere near where it should have been." Sharapova, who endured an injury-plagued 2013, has had a mixed start to the new season, reaching two semi-finals but crashing out in the fourth round of the Australian Open.

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