04/24 16:07 CDT Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals
Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) --- Defending champion Maria Sharapova defeated
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday to set up a Porsche Grand Prix
quarterfinal with top seed Agnieszka Radwanska.
The sixth-seeded Sharapova needed a little over an hour and a half to defeat
her fellow Russian, keeping alive her dream of winning the tournament for the
third year in a row.
Polish world No. 3 Radwanska was rarely troubled in wrapping up a 6-3, 6-2 win
over Italy's Roberta Vinci.
Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia rallied from a 5-2 first-set deficit to edge
second seed Simona Halep of Romania 7-5, 7-6 (4) in the late match.
The 2009 champion will next play former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic, who lost her first
set against German wild card Julia Goerges, but recovered to prevail 1-6, 6-2,
Carla Suarez Navarro upset the fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-4 to knock
the last remaining German out of the tournament. The world No. 16 next faces
Estonia's Kaia Kanepi on Friday.
Fifth seed Jelena Jankovic rallied after losing the first set to beat Flavia
Pennetta of Italy 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 for a quarterfinal against Alisa Kleybanova,
who upset the third-seeded Petra Kvitova on Wednesday.