Tennis: Sharapova edges Kerber to reach Porsche GP final

AP, Saturday 27 Apr 2013

Sharapova beats Kerber 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 to reach the final of the Porsche Grand Prix

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Maria Sharapova from Russia hits a volley against Lucie Safarova from Czech Republic in her second round match of the WTA tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Thursday, April 25, 2013 (Photo: AP)

Defending champion Maria Sharapova rallied in the third set to beat Angelique Kerber 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 Saturday and earn a spot in the final of the Porsche Grand Prix.

Sharapova will play either second-seeded Li Na or qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands for the title in the indoor clay-court tournament Sunday.

The top-seeded Russian committed two consecutive double-faults to drop her serve at the start of the decisive set. But Sharapova won the last eight points and clinched the match when her third-seeded German opponent hit a backhand long.

Sharapova had wasted a chance to serve out the match in the ninth game after taking a 5-3 lead.

After winning in Stuttgart last year, Sharapova went on to win the French Open to complete her career Grand Slam.

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