Maria Sharapova joined Serena Williams and Agnieszka Radwanska in the semifinals of the Sony Open Tennis by fighting for two and a half hours to overcome Sara Errani 7-5 7-5 and extend her winning streak in sets to 20, which is her personal record.
Aggressive Sharapova dictated the match, Errani answered with her versatile game, and we had a balanced and exciting encounter. Sharapova had an early 5-3 momentum in the first set, and despite her opponent’s comeback to 5-5, the third-seeded Sharapova won the opener 7-5. In the second set Sharapova was twice up a break, but Errani broke back each time and even had three set points at 5-4. Three winners, of Sharapova’s total of 45 in the match, saved all those set points and the Russian finished the match by winning eight of the last ten points. Errani is now 0-26 against Top 5 players.