The final score of Maria Sharapova's stunning loss in the French Open quarterfinals Tuesday did not look quite as embarrassing as it nearly did: Her opponent led 6-0, 5-0.
That Sharapova saved a match point in the 12th game and wound up delaying her defeat for 15 minutes was of no consolation, of course. All that mattered was that her bid to complete a career Grand Slam this year ended when she was beaten 6-0, 6-2 by 20th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova, 20, of Slovakia.
"I don't really care about numbers. It's either a 'W' or an 'L,' " Sharapova said, "and I prefer 'W.' "
All of that time on court at the French Open, and all of that time away before it, caught up to her, resulting in her most lopsided loss at a major tournament.
"You can only ask your body to do so much," said Sharapova, who had right shoulder surgery in October and had played four three-set matches at Roland Garros in her first major tournament in nearly a year. "Everything fell a little short today. The pace wasn't there on my strokes, and, you know, I was five steps slower."
Now 5-foot-3 Cibulkova -- 11 inches shorter than Sharapova -- faces the current No. 1, Dinara Safina, who overcame a shaky start to defeat No. 9 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.
When Cibulkova had won 11 of 11 games and was a point from ending things, it hit her.
"I realized, like, 'What is happening? 6-0, 5-0 -- it's too much, I think, against Maria,"' she said. "That's why maybe I missed the first match point."
On the men's side, Robin Soderling, seeded No. 23, stretched his career-best winning streak to eight matches by easily handling two-time French Open semifinalist Nikolay Davydenko 6-1, 6-3, 6-1. Never before a Grand Slam semifinalist -- or quarterfinalist or even fourth-round participant -- Soderling will be a French Open finalist if he can beat No. 12 Fernando Gonzalez of Chile.
"I always knew that I could play really, really good tennis," Soderling said.
Gonzalez, the 2007 Australian Open runner-up, reached his first semifinal at Roland Garros with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-0, 6-4 victory over No. 3 Andy Murray.
Three-time finalist Roger Federer plays Gael Monfils today for a spot in the semifinals, and Juan Martin del Potro takes on Tommy Robredo.
Borg's text: Bjorn Borg got in touch with Robin Soderling.
Borg shares the record of four consecutive French Open titles with Rafael Nadal, whose bid for No. 5 in a row came to an end with a loss to Soderling in the fourth round.
On Tuesday, Soderling received a text message from Borg.
"He said, 'Congratulations.' And, 'Thank you for not letting Nadal break my record,' " Soderling said. "I think he will be down here maybe tomorrow."
Bryans in semifinals: American twins Bob and Mike Bryan are back in the semifinals at the French Open, the Grand Slam event they consider the toughest.
The second-seeded Bryans beat Marc Lopez and Tommy Robredo of Spain 7-6 (1), 4-6, 7-6 (2) Tuesday.