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Tennis: Sharapova overcomes serving to reach French Open quarters

Maria Sharapova beat Klara Zakopalova

AP, Monday 4 Jun 2012
Maria Sharapova
ussia's Maria Sharapova serves the ball to Czech Republic's Klara Zakopalova during their fourth round match in the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Monday, June 4, 2012. (Photo: AP)
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Despite tumbling to the clay and struggling with her serve, Maria Sharapova moved closer to her first French Open title by reaching the quarterfinals with a ragged 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2 victory Monday over unseeded Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic.

In the third set, Sharapova occasionally clutched at or flexed her right wrist.

On a windy, rainy afternoon, when both players slipped during points, the second-seeded Sharapova finished with 12 double-faults and was broken nine times, three of them when she was serving for the match.

But she broke the 44th-ranked Zakopalova 12 times, including the final game.

Sharapova is trying to complete a career Grand Slam at age 25. She never has made it past the semifinals at Roland Garros.

Zakopalova never before went beyond a major's second round.

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