WTA Tour

Sharapova ousted in Paris

2014-02-02 09:24
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (AFP)

Paris - Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova made it through to the Paris WTA Open final at the expense of her Russian compatriot and top seed Maria Sharapova on Saturday.

Pavlyuchenoka, ranked 26th in the world, ended the 2012 French Open champion's run at the Stade Coubertin 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

The former junior champion will meet Italian third seed Sara Errani, who got the better of French home hope Alize Cornet in a three hour marathon 7/6 (7/3), 3/6, 7/6 (7/5) in the other semi.

On the back foot early in the match Pavlyuchenkova was trailing 3-0 then 4-1 before the 22-year-old saved two break points, going on to level after breaking wolrd number five Sharapova's serve for 4-4.

But the opening set evaded her when she produced two unforced errors.

She regrouped and broke Sharapova in the first game of the second set, following up with a second break to level the semi-final.

The pair traded breaks in the deciding set, with Sharapova going on to serve to try and level it at 5-5, but that proved beyond her as she double faulted to hand victory to her fellow Russian.

"I let her regain her confidence," Sharapova remarked.

The winner, coached by her father after a spell with Martina Hingis, reflected: "The key to the game was the serve."

Results from the sixth day of the WTA Paris Open on Saturday (x denotes seeding):

Semi-finals:
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) bt Maria Sharapova (RUS x1) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
Sara Errani (ITA x3) bt Alize Cornet (FRA) 7/6 (7/3), 3/6, 7/6 (7/5)

NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

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
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Vote

Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

 
 
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

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