Sharapova makes Miami quarters, despite a bleak first set

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova hit just one winner in the first set of her fourth-round meeting with Kirsten Flipkens at the Sony Open Tennis in Miami, but recovered from decisively losing the set and scraped out a 3-6 6-4 6-1 victory. In the second set the fourth-seeded Russian built a 4-1 lead, and despite being broken at 5-3 while serving for the set, she evened the match by breaking Flipkens to love in the following game. In the decider, Sharapova was even more straightforward, losing just one game from a 2-0 lead in the set.

Interestingly, every time Sharapova managed to progress to the Miami quarterfinals, she has also made the final. However, despite being in five finals of the tournament (2005, 2006, 2011, 2012 and 2013), she has never won the title.

And talking about the world traveler Sharapova, I read on ESPN how uneasy she feels about flying, now that the disaster has happened to the Malaysian flight.

It makes me nervous, especially after watching all the seasons of 'Lost,' it really does. I wake up every morning and check my Twitter feed, whether there's an update, if it was found and what happened.

"Lost" is a TV series that detailed plane crash survivors on a remote island.

In Tuesday's Miami quarterfinals, Sharapova will play either No.8 seed Petra Kvitova or No.12 seed Ana Ivanovic.(photo: Jimmie48)

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