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Sharapova, Mirza enter quarter-finals
CARSON/ VANCOUVER, Aug 7 (AP/ IANS):
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Published on 7 Aug. 2009 10:46 PM IST
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Maria Sharapova rallied for a 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 win over Alona Bondarenko of the Ukraine to reach the quarter-finals of the L.A. Bondarenko had beaten Sharapova 6-2, 6-2 in May when the Russian rejoined the tour after her seven-month layoff because of a right shoulder injury. “It was good to get the win and get my revenge,” Sharapova said. “The second set I started serving a lot better and harder and I returned great and put a lot of pressure on her serve. Then I was able to get the break in the third set and keep the momentum going from the second.” Australia’s Samantha Stosur defeated Ana Ivanovic of Serbia 6-3, 6-2 to advance. Stosur, seeded 13th, needed 62 minutes to overcome the 2007 tournament champion and No. 6 seed. Stosur broke Ivanovic’s serve in the eighth game of the opening set and three times in the second to control the match. Ivanovic defeated Stosur 7-5, 6-2, in the round of 32 at Wimbledon. But Thursday she struggled with her ball toss on serve throughout the match and said Stosur was “putting a lot of pressure on my serve. I think that was the big difference today because once we got into rallies it was pretty close.” Stosur, 25, has won 22 titles and is No. 5 in the world in doubles. Stosur and Rennae Stubbs are the top seeds this week, but she’s still looking for her first singles championship. She’s been a runner-up four times and last week was a semi-finalist at Stanford, where she beat Serena Williams. Stosur called the match with Ivanovic “a benchmark to see how quickly you can turn things around” after the loss at Wimbledon. But Thursday she struggled with her ball toss on serve throughout the match and said Stosur was “putting a lot of pressure on my serve. I think that was the big difference today because once we got into rallies it was pretty close.” Stosur, 25, has won 22 titles and is No. 5 in the world in doubles. Stosur and Rennae Stubbs are the top seeds this week, but she’s still looking for her first singles championship. Sania enters Vancouver quarter-finals Top seed Sania Mirza easily moved into the quarter-finals of the $175,000 Oldum Brown Vancouver Open, beating American Laura Granville 6-2, 6-4. Sania, who had a hard-fought 6-4, 7-5 first-round victory over 410th-ranked American Mallory Cecil, had things to her liking in the second round of the ITF women’s tournament Thursday. Granville, who like Sania was once among the top 30 on the WTA rankings, could not handle the power-packed hitting of the Indian, particularly the sizzling forehand, and meekly surrendered. A two-time finalist here, Glanville crashed from a career-high 27 in 2003 to 401, staying off the entire last year with a wrist injury similar to that of the Indian star. In the quarter-finals, Sania plays local favourite Rebecca Marino who just about managed to overcome eighth seed Olivia Rogowska of Australia in two contesting sets, 7-5, 7-6 (0). Sharon Fichman is among the five Canadians in the last eight. She knocked out third-seeded American Madison Brengle 6-2, 6-2.

 
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