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Tennis: Injury puts Sharapova out of Pan Pacific Open

An ankle injury forced Maria Sharapova to retire from her quarter-final at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Thursday, allowing Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova to progress to the last four.

Reuters, Thursday 29 Sep 2011
Maria Sharapova
Sharapova retired from the match due to an injury. (Photo: AP)
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Sharapova, trailing 3-4, twisted her left ankle in the eighth game against the Czech fifth seed, who beat her in the Wimbledon final in July.

"I landed awkwardly on my left ankle. I felt a sharp pain and the next thing I knew I was on the floor," the Russian said.

"It swelled up immediately and I knew there was no way I could continue."

Kvitova faces Vera Zvonareva in the semi-finals after the Russian beat compatriot Maria Kirilenko 6-3 6-3 in their quarter-final.

Third seed Victoria Azarenka beat Marion Bartoli 7-5 6-0 to set up a semi-final clash against Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska who beat Estonia's Kaia Kanepi 6-2 7-6.

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