Sharapova survives three-hour match in Stuttgart

by: AP | April 25, 2013

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email
Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email
Get Adobe Flash player

STUTTGART, Germany -- Top-seeded Maria Sharapova needed three sets and more than three hours Thursday in her clay-court season debut to overcome Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic for a place in the Porsche Grand Prix quarterfinals.

Sharapova, the defending champion, won 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3 in a match that lasted 3 hours, 9 minutes.

The Russian saved two set points in the second set before surrendering the tiebreaker, in which she had one of her eight double-faults. She also had eight aces.

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

More Stories

Victoria Azarenka withdraws from U.S. Open amid child custody dispute

She said she is "sadly unable" to play because of her "ongoing family situation." 

In wake of second Slam win, Muguruza is a different player and person

The Spaniard has learned from her first experience and taken a new approach. 

Bethanie Mattek-Sands to join Tennis Channel for U.S. Open coverage

The network plans more than 175 hours of total coverage during the fourth major of 2017.