Sharapova reaches French Open fourth round
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Sharapova reaches French Open fourth round

Maria Sharapova overcame eight double-faults, an incorrect call and a second-set deficit to beat Zheng Jie 6-1, 7-5 in the third round today at the French Open.

sports Updated: Jun 01, 2013 19:30 IST
AP

Maria Sharapova overcame eight double-faults, an incorrect call and a second-set deficit to beat Zheng Jie 6-1, 7-5 in the third round Saturday at the French Open.

Sharapova completed a career Grand Slam by winning the French Open last year.

An incorrect call cost Sharapova in the second set. Facing a break point at 30-40, she hit a second serve that was called long to make it 4-1. The umpire climbed off his chair to check the mark and confirmed the call.

Sharapova briefly argued in vain, contending the umpire looked at the wrong mark. A TV replay showed her serve had hit the line.

She shook off the setback, sweeping the next three games for 4-all, and broke in the final game.

First Published: Jun 01, 2013 19:20 IST