Remember last year how she said she wouldn’t use it?
I don’t support it. I haven’t from the beginning. - Sharapova
And then started to backpedal? Well, she NEEDS it now.
The 19-year-old Russian twice fought back from a break down to take the opening set but suffered a total meltdown in the second, earning her a sharp ticking off from coach Michael Joyce.
With on-court coaching allowed in Tokyo, Joyce did not mince his words when he sat next to a sulking Sharapova at the change of ends. “Find a way to win!” he snapped at her.
Still scowling, Sharapova hit back with steely resolve, storming through the deciding set to book her place in the last eight of the $1.3 million tournament.
“I’m not always going to serve well and play my best,” shrugged Sharapova, who served an embarrassing 17 double faults in an erratic start to an event she won in 2005.
“But at the end of the day it’s about finding a way to win and that’s what I did.” Guardian