Tennis: Top-seeded Maria Sharapova reaches Mexico Open semifinals

AP , Friday 27 Feb 2015

Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova of Russia returns the ball to Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia during a Mexican Tennis Open quarterfinal match in Acapulco, Mexico, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 (Photo: AP)

Top-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia beat Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 on Thursday night to reach the Mexico Open semifinals.

Sharapova will face third-seeded Caroline Garcia of France in the hard-court event at The Fairmont Acapulco Princess. Garcia led Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2, 2-1 when the Croatian player retired.

In the other quarterfinals, Bulgaria's Sesil Karatantcheva topped Monica Puig of Puerto Rico, 2-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4, and fifth-seeded Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland topped Johanna Larsson of Sweden 6-3, 6-3.

In men's play, top-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan beat fifth-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-4, 6-4. Nishikori will face No. 4 Kevin Anderson of South Africa, a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 winner over Serbia's Viktor Troicki.

In the night quarterfinals, Ryan Harrison of the United States beat No. 6 Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 4-6, 7-6 (0), 7-6 (4), and No. 2 David Ferrer of Spain got past Australia's Bernard Tomic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. The 35-year-old Karlovic won the Delray Beach Open on Sunday in Florida for his sixth career ATP Tour title.

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