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HindustanTimes Thu,24 Jul 2014

Tennis

Sania-Bethanie sail into Stuttgart semis
Agencies
Stuttgart, April 27, 2013
First Published: 19:14 IST(27/4/2013)
Last Updated: 01:14 IST(28/4/2013)

Sania Mirza and her American partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands progressed to the semifinals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix after registering a straight-set win over Liezel Huber and Janette Husarova.

The unseeded Indo-American pair recorded a 7-5, 6-4 win over the American-Slovakian combo in one hour and 20 minutes in the quarterfinals of the $795,707 clay-court event. Sania and her partner won five of the six breakpoints they earned in the match.  They next face local favourite German team of Angelique Kerber and Andrea Petkovic.

Sharapova in final

Defending champion Maria Sharapova booked her place in the final of the Stuttgart tournament after seeing off Germany’s Angelique Kerber with a 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 victory in yet another three-set tussle.

The 26-year-old Russian has also been taken to three sets in both her previous matches, when she saw off Lucie Safarova, then Ana Ivanovic in Friday’s semi, and showed some grit to see off Kerber, who was cheered on by the crowd.

French Open champion Sharapova has played seven-and-a-half hours in her three matches here on clay, but comfortably took the first set with two breaks, before Kerber returned the compliment in the second.

The third-set was a battle royal as the pair shared five breaks and third-seed Kerber refused to yield until the final phase of the 2hrs, 16mins match. The German played some great line shots to frustrate the Russian and level at 5-5 before Sharapova held her serve.


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