Source Pravda.Ru

Marias Sharapova advances at Pan Pacific

Top-ranked Maria Sharapova rallied from a set down to cruise past Japan's Ai Sugiyama 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 on Friday and advance to the Pan Pacific Open semifinals.

Sugiyama broke Sharapova to win the first set but was no match for the No. 1-seeded player from then on.

"It's never easy against Sugiyama," said Sharapova. "She had the crowd behind her and was able to take the first set, but I'm glad I was able to come back and win."

Sharapova will face fifth-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia in Saturday's semifinals. Ivanovic outlasted fourth-seeded compatriot Jelena Jankovic 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

As in Thursday's match against Francesca Schiavone, Sharapova struggled with her serve, conceding 14 double faults and hitting just one ace.

Once again, her coach Michael Joyce had some advice between sets.

"She was playing aggressively in the first set and I wasn't making my shots," said Sharapova. "Michael told me to move it around and play more aggressively, and I started making my shots and gave her less time to do what she wanted to do."

In their only previous meeting, Sharapova beat Sugiyama in the 2004 Wimbledon quarterfinals, the AP reports.

Sharapova said she didn't let her serving problems get the better of her, the AP says.

"I worried about the serve a little too much in the first set," Sharapova said. "There are going to be days when your serve isn't working and when that happens you just have to concentrate on the things that are going well."

Sugiyama agreed that even when Sharapova isn't serving well she is still a formidable opponent.

"She was struggling with her serve but her groundstrokes were working," said Sugiyama. "I had my chances but wasn't able to take advantage."

Comments
Russians lose faith in their future, get ready for worse
Without INF Treaty, USA can destroy Russian nuclear weapons easily
Malaysia complains of faulty Russian Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets
Without INF Treaty, USA can destroy Russian nuclear weapons easily
USA plays to pretend a mighty dragon that can no longer breathe fire
USA plays to pretend a mighty dragon that can no longer breathe fire
Putin sees no drama if Russia misses Davos forum
Macron challenges Trump. French independence and croissants at stake
Putin's three days in Singapore mark Russia's major geopolitical changes since 2000
Putin's three days in Singapore mark Russia's major geopolitical changes since 2000
Moving inexorably towards war
Putin dislikes the idea of US army bases coming to Kuril Islands
Putin dislikes the idea of US army bases coming to Kuril Islands
Putin sees no drama if Russia misses Davos forum
How can Americans and Russians understand each other?
How can Americans and Russians understand each other?
How can Americans and Russians understand each other?
Brexit: The UK's misunderstanding of Democracy
Russian FM Lavrov warns of possible war between Russia and USA
Norwegians complain of demoralised NATO soldiers
The West still does not know what the Russian way of warfare is like