Sharapova reaches semi-finals
Maria Sharapova booked her place in the semi-finals of the Sony Open in Miami with a straight-sets win over Italy's Sara Errani.
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Sharapova prevailed 7-5 7-5 despite turning in an error-strewn display, the third-seeded Russian racking up almost 60 unforced errors and committing 13 double faults.
Fortunately for Sharapova, who saved three set points in the second, Errani did not have the weapons to take advantage and she did just enough to set up a last-four encounter with 22nd seed Jelena Jankovic.
"Sara is extremely difficult to play," Sharapova told www.wtatennis.com. "She doesn't have the height or the power, but she gets so many balls back and stays so consistent, and does it over and over again.
"She is so consistent. She also has great court coverage and variety. She really makes you work.
"She can do a lot of things with that court coverage and variety when she has time, so my success in the beginning of the match and in some other points was when I didn't give her that opportunity.
"But most of the time I did, and that's why she kept coming back and kept playing really well out there.
"I feel very lucky that I'm through. She had her chances to win that second set - who knows what would have happened. I'm lucky to get to the next one and have a chance to be in the semis again."
Sharapova is bidding for her first win at the Florida event after four previous runner-up finishes, including back-to-back final defeats in each of the last two years.
Standing in her way in the last four is Serbia's Jankovic, who beat another Italian, Roberta Vinci, 6-4 6-7 (6/8) 6-3.