Maria Sharapova in Moscow - Oct-05
World number one Maria Sharapova arrived in Moscow certain of winning Russia's biggest tennis tournament. However, Russian teenager Dinara Safina had other ideas and won through the quarterfinal stages.
"I would have loved to win here in Moscow playing for the first time in front of so many Russian fans and of course I'm disappointed by losing," said Sharapova after losing to the younger sister of Australian Open champion Marat Safin.
Maria Sharapova also confirmed her plans to play for Russia in the Fed Cup. "I would love to represent my country in Fed Cup in the near future," she said.
Sharapova said however, that she would have lasting memories of her first "real" homecoming despite a disappointing showing at last week's Kremlin Cup - Moscow, Oct 2005.
During Maria Sharapova's time in Moscow she had time to visit Moscow's tourist spots, including the Kremlin and Red Square, had a trip to the circus and went shopping at some of the city's expensive boutiques. She also found time to party at the start of the $2.3 million tournament where she met some of Russia's pop and sports stars.
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