Tennis: Maria Sharapova soars into Madrid quarters

AP, Thursday 9 May 2013

Sharapova beats Lisicki to reach Mardid Open quarterfinals

Maria Sharapova from Russia returns the ball during the match against Sabine Lisicki from Germany at the Madrid Open tennis tournament, in Madrid, Thursday, May 9, 2013 (Photo: AP)

Second-seeded Maria Sharapova beat Sabine Lisicki of Germany 6-2, 7-5 Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open.

After breaking Lisicki late in the second set, Sharapova used her big serve to finish off the third-round match in 1 hour, 42 minutes.

The Russian former No. 1 will face either Daniela Hantuchova or Kaia Kanepi next.

Also, Spain's Anabel Medina reached the quarterfinals after Yaroslava Shvedova withdrew due to a right arm injury.

Top-ranked Serena Williams plays Maria Kirilenko later, while Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal also have third-round matches in the men's event.

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