WTA Tour: Maria Sharapova out of Madrid Open

Last Updated May 10 2018, 22:21Tennis
Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova's encouraging run at the Madrid Open came to an end when she was beaten by Kiki Bertens at the quarter-final stage.

Having made her first major quarter-final since returning from a drugs ban, Sharapova looked in good shape to extend her run when she took the first set 6-4.

But big-hitting Bertens, a former French Open semi-finalist, hit back to win 3-6 6-2 6-3 and leave Sharapova to acknowledge she still has improvements to make.

Sharapova told wtatour.com: "I think it's a combination of taking the positives but also being a little bit tough on yourself and expecting a bit more.

"It was great to get those wins against those players but there's a reason I came up short. You want to evaluate that and go back to the drawing board and start over again."

In the semi-finals Bertens will face seventh seed Caroline Garcia who dispatched home favourite Carla Suarez-Navarro 6-2 6-3 in 77 minutes.

Top seed Simona Halep saw her hopes of winning a third straight Madrid title shattered as she fell 6-4 6-3 to sixth seed Karolina Pliskova.

Pliskova dropped her first service game of the match but hit back with a strong display of serving, and a rising number of unforced errors from the Romanian cost her the chance of victory.

In the late quarter-final, Petra Kvitova made short work of Daria Kasatkina of Russia, charging to a 6-4 6-0 win in just 65 minutes.

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