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Tennis: Sharapova into last eight in Stuttgart

Published on Apr 25, 2014 6:01 AM
 
Russia's Maria Sharapova returns the ball to Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in their match at the WTA Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, southwestern Germany, on April 24, 2014. Sharapova reached the last eight of the Stuttgart WTA tournament on Thursday with a convincing 6-4, 6-3 win over fellow-Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. -- PHOTO: AFP

STUTTGART, Germany (AFP) - Defending champion Maria Sharapova reached the last eight of the Stuttgart WTA tournament on Thursday with a convincing 6-4, 6-3 win over fellow-Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

The 27-year-old Sharapova needed just one hour, 32 minutes to see off Pavlyuchenkova to pick up her tenth straight win in Stuttgart, having won the 2012 and 2013 titles, and faces Polish top seed Agnieszka Radwanska in Friday's quarter-finals.

"I'm pleased to have won in two sets, but I am never really happy with my performance and always want to improve," said Sharapova.

Her victory was in stark contrast to her struggles of Tuesday when she needed three tie-breaks and almost three-and-a-half hours to defeat Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic in her first-round tie.

 
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