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Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals

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STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Defending champion Maria Sharapova defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday to set up a Porsche Grand Prix quarterfinal with top seed Agnieszka Radwanska.

The sixth-seeded Sharapova needed a little over an hour and a half to defeat her fellow Russian, keeping alive her dream of winning the tournament for the third year in a row.

Polish world No. 3 Radwanska was rarely troubled in wrapping up her 6-3, 6-2 win over Italy’s Roberta Vinci.

Fifth seed Jelena Jankovic rallied after losing the first set to beat Flavia Pennetta of Italy 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 for a quarterfinal place against Alisa Kleybanova, who upset the third-seeded Petra Kvitova on Wednesday.

Former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic also lost her first set against German wild card Julia Goerges, but recovered to prevail 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.

The last remaining German in the tournament, the fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber, was playing Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain late Thursday.

Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia was scheduled to take on second seed Simona Halep of Romania, also late, with the winner facing Ivanovic in the quarterfinals.

Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals

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STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Defending champion Maria Sharapova defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday to set up a Porsche Grand Prix quarterfinal clash with top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska.

The sixth-seeded Sharapova needed little over an hour-and-a-half to defeat her fellow Russian, keeping alive her bid to win the tournament for the third year-in-a-row.

Polish world no. 3 Radwanska was rarely troubled in wrapping up her 6-3, 6-2 win over Italy’s Roberta Vinci in 1 hour 19 minutes.

Fifth-seeded Jelena Jankovic faces Italy’s Flavia Pennetta later Thursday for a quarterfinal place against Alisa Kleybanova, who upset the third-seeded Petra Kvitova on Wednesday.

Serbia’s ninth-seeded Ana Ivanovic was to play German wild card Julia Goerges, with Germany’s highest-seeded Angelique Kerber (4), facing Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain.

Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia was scheduled to take on second-seeded Simona Halep in Thursday’s late match.

Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals

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STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Defending champion Maria Sharapova defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday to set up a Porsche Grand Prix quarterfinal clash with top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska.

The sixth-seeded Sharapova needed little over an hour-and-a-half to defeat her fellow Russian, keeping alive her bid to win the tournament for the third year-in-a-row.

Polish world no. 3 Radwanska was rarely troubled in wrapping up her 6-3, 6-2 win over Italy’s Roberta Vinci in 1 hour 19 minutes.

Fifth-seeded Jelena Jankovic faces Italy’s Flavia Pennetta later Thursday for a quarterfinal place against Alisa Kleybanova, who upset the third-seeded Petra Kvitova on Wednesday.

Serbia’s ninth-seeded Ana Ivanovic was to play German wild card Julia Goerges, with Germany’s highest-seeded Angelique Kerber (4), facing Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain.

Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia was scheduled to take on second-seeded Simona Halep in Thursday’s late match.

Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals

KDWN

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Defending champion Maria Sharapova defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday to set up a Porsche Grand Prix quarterfinal clash with top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska.

The sixth-seeded Sharapova needed little over an hour-and-a-half to defeat her fellow Russian, keeping alive her bid to win the tournament for the third year-in-a-row.

Polish world no. 3 Radwanska was rarely troubled in wrapping up her 6-3, 6-2 win over Italy’s Roberta Vinci in 1 hour 19 minutes.

Fifth-seeded Jelena Jankovic faces Italy’s Flavia Pennetta later Thursday for a quarterfinal place against Alisa Kleybanova, who upset the third-seeded Petra Kvitova on Wednesday.

Serbia’s ninth-seeded Ana Ivanovic was to play German wild card Julia Goerges, with Germany’s highest-seeded Angelique Kerber (4), facing Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain.

Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia was scheduled to take on second-seeded Simona Halep in Thursday’s late match.