Tokyo: Two-time champion Maria Sharapova overpowered Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 7-6 (5) to advance to the
Pan Pacific Open quarterfinals on Wednesday.
The second-seeded Sharapova was coming off a tough, three-hour win over British qualifier Heather Watson on Tuesday, while Safarova advanced to the third round on a walkover.
Sharapova coasted through the first set and led 3-0 before Safarova mounted a
comeback, breaking Sharapova three times to take a 6-5 lead.
Sharapova broke Safarova in the final game to force a tiebreaker which she won with an ace
after 1 hour, 43 minutes.
“After a long match yesterday I was really happy to win in two sets,” Sharapova said. “I had a bit of a letdown in the second set but was really happy that I could close it out in the
Sharapova will face Sam Stosur in the quarterfinals. The eighth-seeded Australian beat Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 6-4, 7-5.
Hmmm! What a relief! Sharapova won!(Well,to me it seemed she obviously was gonna win! :P) If she faces off against Victoria Azarenka,hopefully,Sharapova will avenge her deafet of the US Open Semi-finals and be Victor of the Pan Pacific Open! YES! 😀 There is nothing more to say!
Good day! 🙂