Pavlyuchenkova stops Sharapova in Paris semifinals

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PARIS (AP)—Top-seeded Maria Sharapova lost 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the semifinals of the Open GDF Suez in an all-Russian match on Saturday.

Sharapova led 3-0 in the opening set but her compatriot broke back in the seventh game. Pavlyuchenkova lost the first set by sending a backhand wide as Sharapova imposed her aggressive game, having a 15-9 edge in winners and winning nine of 10 points at the net.

Pavlyuchenkova put the four-time Grand Slam champion under pressure in the second set, capitalizing on a double fault and a forehand error to break Sharapova in the opening game. The 26th-ranked Pavlyuchenkova evened the match with a backhand winner.

They traded breaks early in the final set. Sharapova lost the match by finishing with two consecutive double faults.

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