Maria Sharapova squeezed past Samantha Stosur in a gruelling Porsche Tennis Grand Prix quarterfinal, in a match that was long and steady, mostly going with serve, where nuances decided the advantageous player.
Sharapova and Stosur were both solid in the first set, Stosur a bit more, and despite wasting two break opportunities, one of which was a set point at 5-4, in the tiebreak Stosur completed the task and took the first set.
The second set continued to go with serve until 3-3 and finally in the 19th game of the match Stosur stopped the pattern and broke Sharapova. However, that proved not to be the turning point, as the always-determined Sharapova complicated the matters and the tournament organizer's schedule plans. The fifth-seeded Stosur was serving for the match at 5-4, but Sharapova broke to level 5-5 and then we had another tiebreak in which the second-seeded Russian came out as a winner, considerably prolonging the match.
Similar to the first two sets, the third also went with serve, until in the tenth game Sharapova broke serve and in the following game the Russian earned 40-0 on her serve for three match points, second of which she converted to win 6-7(6) 7-6(6) 7-5 in three hours sharp.
The other two quarterfinals were also long three-setters. Top seed Victoria Azarenka defeated Mona Barthel 6-4 6-7(3) 7-5 in two hours and 48 minutes and Agnieszka Radwanska beat Li Na 3-6 6-2 6-3 in two hours. Angelique Kerber and Petra Kvitova are playing the last remaining quarterfinal. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)