Defending champion Maria Sharapova had another tough battle on Friday as she booked her place in the semi-finals of the Stuttgart WTA tournament with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 quarter-final win against former world number one Ana Ivanovic.
Russia's Maria Sharapova returns the ball to Serbia's Ana Ivanovic in the quarter-finals of the WTA Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, southwestern Germany, on April 26, 2013. Sharapova had another tough battle on Friday as she booked her place in the semi-finals of Stuttgart's WTA tournament with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 quarter-final win against Ivanovic.
The 26-year-old Sharapova, who is using the claycourt tournament to help prepare for the defence of her French Open title at the end of May, was again taken to three sets as Ivanovic rallied in the second set.
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