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Sharapova beats Stosur in Paris
29 May 2015 21:09
Defending champion Maria Sharapova made a potentially tricky third-round encounter look easy as she beat Australia's Samantha Stosur 6-3 6-4 at the French Open.
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Sharapova needed three sets to beat Stosur when the pair met in last year's round of 16 but the Russian enjoyed a much simpler passage this time, winning in one hour and 40 minutes.
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The victory wraps up a successful first week for the number two seed, who has reached three consecutive finals at Roland Garros and now plays Czech Lucie Safarova for a place in the quarter-finals.
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"This week has been about just getting the job done," Sharapova said.
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"The conditions in the first match and today have been quite tough.
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"And I think in those moments it's always tough to really assess the level, because as much as you want to improve and find some sort of perfection, it's really tough because you never quite know where the direction will be.
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"Especially with the spin of my opponent today, I just had to be steady and consistent, take my opportunities, and I did that quite well."
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Sharapova has been suffering from a cold in her matches this week and she was seen coughing again during her contest on Philippe Chatrier.
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"I'm getting there. I might not sound like it, but I am," Sharapova said.
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"I have never felt like that on the court playing a grand slam, so this is kind of new.
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"I'm just trying to do the best that I can with the circumstances."
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Safarova, who beat Germany's Sabine Lisicki 6-3 7-6 (7/2) in round three, has lost her last five matches against Sharapova.
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The Czech came close to winning when the pair met in Stuttgart last year, but was narrowly beaten in a final set tie-break.
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"I think the last time was a really tough match in Stuttgart last year where she was serving for the match," Sharapova said.
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"I know I have a tough one ahead of me. Left-handers are always tricky. It will be my first one of the tournament.
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"I will definitely need to be ready, but I know what I have to do. I just have to get it done."
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Seventh seed Ana Ivanovic is also through after she thrashed Croatian 18-year-old Donna Vekic 6-0 6-3, and she will now play ninth seed Ekaterina Makarova, who beat fellow Russian Elena Vesnina 6-2 6-4.
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Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, who knocked out third seed Simona Halep in the second round, lost to France's Alize Cornet while Spain's Garbine Muguruza came from a set down to beat German Angelique Kerber.
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Muguruza will play Italian Flavia Pennetta, who eased past Spain's eighth seed Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3 6-4.
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