Stuttgart - Defending champion Maria Sharapova marched into the semi-finals of
Stuttgart's WTA tournament with a 6-4, 6-3 win over top-seed Agnieszka
Radwanska in Friday's quarter-finals.
"That was a big win for me,"
admitted Sharapova after picking up her 11th straight win in Stuttgart
where she is bidding for a hat-trick of titles having won the 2012 and
"That was my biggest win since my comeback from injury," she added having missed four months last year with a shoulder injury.
claimed her ninth win in 11 matches against world number three
Radwanska of Poland, but the statuesque Russian did not have things her
own way, despite needing only one hour, 39 minutes to claim victory.
a total of seven breaks at the start of the match, as the momentum
swung back and forth, Sharapova finally won her first service game to
take control of the first set.
"That was one of the key moments," she said after eventually needing eight match points to claim the win.
She will now face either Spain's Carla Suarex Navarro or Italy's Sara Errani in Saturday's semi-final.
"It'll be a tough game, they are both clay-court specialists," said the Russian.
won all four Grand Slams, Sharapova is bidding to claim a personal
landmark this week in Stuttgart by winning a tournament three times in
Victory bought an extra bonus for the Russian as
failure to beat Radwanska would have seen Sharapova fall out of the top
ten for the first time in three years.