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Sharapova enters quarters of Pan Pacific Open

Maria Sharapova stormed into the quarterfinals by beating fellow Russian Alisa Kleybanova in the Pan Pacific Open on Wednesday.

sports Updated: Oct 01, 2009 00:08 IST

Maria Sharapova stormed into the quarterfinals by beating fellow Russian Alisa Kleybanova in the Pan Pacific Open on Wednesday.

The former world No 1 , the champion here in 2005, fired an array of lightning service return winners to come from behind to win 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 against her 29th-ranked compatriot.

Sharapova admitted that her service return was the difference.

“I think on this quick surface, serve and return are pretty big keys to the game because the person can get an advantage on the point, a pretty good chance of finishing the point on a good note,” said Sharapova.

Another former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, dominated Elena Vesnina before the Russian abandoned the match with a left thigh problem at 6-1, 3-0. In the quarter-finals on Thursday, Jankovic will take on 14th seed Marion Bartoli of France, who outclassed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.