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Tennis

Sharapova beats Kerber to reach Porsche GP final
AP
Stuttgart, April 27, 2013
First Published: 20:45 IST(27/4/2013)
Last Updated: 20:48 IST(27/4/2013)

Defending champion Maria Sharapova came from behind in the third set to beat Angelique Kerber 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 on Saturday and earned a spot in the final of the Porsche Grand Prix.

The top-seeded Russian committed two consecutive double-faults to drop her serve at the start of the decisive set. But Sharapova won the last eight points and clinched the match when her third-seeded German opponent hit a backhand long. Sharapova had wasted a chance to serve out the match in the ninth game after taking a 5-3 lead.

Sharapova will play either second-seeded Li Na or qualifier Bethani Mattek-Sands for the title in the indoor clay-court tournament on Sunday.

After winning in Stuttgart last year, Sharapova went on to win the French Open as well.


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