WTA Tour

Sharapova coasts into quarters

2014-04-24 16:47
Maria Sharapova (AFP)

Stuttgart - Maria Sharapova has reached the last eight of the Stuttgart WTA tournament on Thursday with a convincing 6-4, 6-3 win over fellow-Russian Anastasia Pavlychenkova.

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

Seeded sixth this year, Sharapova is aiming for a third straight title on the red clay of Stuttgart as the preparations for the French Open get fully underway.

The four-time Grand Slam champion looked solid enough on serve, with just five double-faults to eight by her opponent and she had Pavlychenkova under constant pressure with her booming returns.

Her opponent in the quarter-finals will be Polish top seed Agnieszka Radwanska who proved too good for Italan doubles specialist Roberta Vinci, winning 6-3, 6-2.

Results from the fourth day of the Stuttgart WTA tournament on Thursday (x denontes seeding):

Second round:
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x1) bt Roberta Vinci (ITA) 6-3, 6-2
Maria Sharapova (RUS x6) bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 6-4, 6-3
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) bt Angelique Kerber (GER x4) 7-5, 6-4
Jelena Jankovic (SRB x5) bt Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
Ana Ivanovic (SRB x9) bt Julia Goerges (GER) 1-6, 6-2, 6-3


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.