Maria Sharapova moves into French Open quarters

Maria Sharapova moves into French Open quarters | Maria Sharapova in french open 2011 quarters final

Sharapova moves into French Open quarters: Russian seventh seed Maria Sharapova, the former world number one, edged Polish 12th seed Agnieszka Radwanska 7-6 (7/4),7-5 to take her place in the French Open quarter-finals on Monday.

Sharapova, who fought back from 4-1 down in the first set and survived five set points in the second, will meet either 25th-seeded countrywoman Maria Kirilenko or German 15th seed Andrea Petkovic for a place in the semi-finals.

The 24-year-old Sharapova, who previously hit back from a set and 4-1 down against French 17-year-old Caroline Garcia in round two, hit 47 winners and made 44 unforced errors in a performance full of contrasts.Maria Sharapova moves into French Open quarters, Maria Sharapova in french open 2011 quarters final, Sharapova moves into French Open quarters, Maria Sharapova, Maria Sharapova in french open 2011

Three times a Grand Slam winner, the Russian is bidding to better her
previous best Roland Garros showing of a semi-final appearance in 2007.

A shaky start saw Sharapova fall 4-1 down and she narrowly avoided a 5-1 deficit by surviving two breaks before converting her fifth break point of the seventh game when Radwanska could not retrieve a stinging forehand.

Having hauled herself level, Sharapova went on to take the first set
tie-break on her first set point.

Radwanska was powerless to return a bludgeoning first serve and Sharapova reacted by punching the air with relief.

After an initial exchange of breaks in a tightly contested second set,
Sharapova blinked first to hand Radwanska a break when she misjudged a lofted forehand from the back of the court that landed a few inches long.

Sharapova had to save five set points — two at 5-3 down and three at 5-4 — before breaking back and then converting her first match point when Radwanska hit a backhand wide at the end of a gripping rally.

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