Maria Sharapova toils on way to Stuttgart quarters

Sharapova's last eight opponent Ivanovic beat Russia's Nadia Petrova 6-4, 6-3 in her second round game, having dropped to 17th in the world rankings.

updated: April 26, 2013 08:50 IST
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Stuttgart, Germany: French Open champion Maria Sharapova admitted she had dug deep to reach the quarter-finals of Stuttgart's WTA tournament after her three-hour marathon victory over claycourt specialist Lucie Safarova on Thursday.

Sharapova, who won last year's Stuttgart title en route to her Roland Garros victory, needed three hours, nine minutes to squeeze past her Czech opponent for a 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-3 second-round victory.

With a 5-2 lead in the third set and serving for the match, Sharapova squandered three match points as Safarova broke her, before the Russian returned the compliment to claim the match.

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